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Bay Leaf Cottage

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Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "Bay leaf cottage was an amazing home for us and our children for half term, has everything you need and more!"

    soooo convenient for town, shops and walks! We enjoyed relaxing in the snug after exploring the local area. We will be booking again in the future.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Oct 2023

  • "Thank you Jos for sharing your property with us."

    We had 'family' business to do in York on way up, plus in Darlington (meeting the Mayor), Thirsk, Kendall and Austwick - so Kirkby Stephen was ideally placed - and we like a place of our own! Yours was ideal for the 3 of us. We used the log burner. Plenty of hot water. Beds comfy but main bedroom - would have preferred more supportive mattress. Morrisons food delivery - perfect. We also got some sightseeing in too.

    Reviewed by Diana5.0Jul 2023

  • "Great cottage right in the centre of kirkby stephen."

    Clean comfy and welcoming. Micro pub next door fab friendly pub across the road does lovely pies. Great bakery also.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Feb 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay in your gorgeous cottage."

    We had everything we needed and what an extra bonus the sauna was! Had some great walks around the beautiful local area and also in the Lake District as so easy to get to. The perfect spot to stay in and Kirby Stephen lovely for interesting shops and good food.

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Feb 2023

  • "Only downfall was having no dryer."

    Staying for two weeks in an area with constant rain was difficult and especially with our party of 6.

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Dec 2022

  • "Great location, clean and well equipped, with the added bonus of a sauna which was great after a long walk."

    Would happily stay again.

    Reviewed by Rod5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely quirky cottage in a great location to explore Kirkby Stephen Very ..."

    Lovely quirky cottage in a great location to explore Kirkby Stephen Very comfortable Appreciated the slightly earlier check in and great communication from the host Would recommend and will return We didn’t use the second lounge but really useful if you were a family with children

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Jun 2022

  • "We stayed in the cottage because we were at a wedding in Eden barn it is central ..."

    We stayed in the cottage because we were at a wedding in Eden barn it is central to all the lovely places to visit & Kirkby Stephen had everything we wanted for meals out etc

    Reviewed by John Derek5.0May 2022

  • "A charming and spacious cottage, comfortable and clean, good location in a very attractive area"

    Reviewed by Susan4.4May 2022

  • "2nd time we’ve stayed."

    Love the place

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Apr 2022

  • "The cottage is lovely and in a really convenient location, close to the pubs restaurants, little shops and cafes."

    I worried shout the parking but it was absolutely fine and we had no bother getting parked. We will definitely visit again

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Dec 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, very clean and tidy, close to all amenities."

    Good walks from the door. Only slight issue is noise from traffic early morning as the cottage is located on a busy road, this would not stop us from returning.

    Reviewed by John5.0Nov 2021

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at Bay Leaf Cottage."

    Kirkby Stephen is a lovely village. Friendly locals and nice boutique shops. Very good experience. Top stars *****

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage every thing you want and right on the high Street with all the amenities around you"

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2021

  • "The cottage is fabulous, everything we needed, very tastefully decorated and very clean however it’s location on a very busy road, next to a church clock that chimes every 15 minutes (24 hrs) meant it was not a restful stay."

    The weather was very warm during our May half term stay and as we couldn’t open the windows because of the noise, the 10 tog duvets meant it was uncomfortably hot at night. I would recommend a change to a lighter duvet with a blanket/throw during the summer months. We use Sykes a lot and will continue to do so but will perhaps do a little more research on google to check out other external factors before we book in future.

    Reviewed by Tracey4.4May 2021

  • "Lovely cottage with everything needed for a break away"

    Reviewed by Marie5.0May 2021

  • "Was a lovely stay with family ashame the steam room and spa bath wasn’t working"

    Reviewed by Kate5.0May 2021

  • "Great cottage renovated to a high standard in a brilliant location."

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Sep 2020

  • "We really enjoyed our stay here."

    Very clean and simply set up for all our needs. Bed's we're very comfortable and the whole cottage is eloquently decorated. Great location in the centre of Kirkby Stephen meaning it is only a short walk to one of the many local shops and surrounding countryside. We will definitely be trying to rebook here in the future.

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Sep 2020

  • "Bay Leaf Cottage was a wonderful home from home (but with the added bonus of a sauna!"

    ). We loved the clean and modern decor. The two lounges were brilliant (we are a family of 5), and it was genius to be able to separate the main lounge from the kitchen diner when required. We were so lucky with the weather during our stay and were even able to enjoy morning coffee on the terrace. Kirkby Stephen is a great base for both trips into the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, although having said that we did some super trails direct from the house. The only improvement we would suggest is the addition of a dryer. We had a great stay and wouldn’t hesitate to book again.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2020

  • "The cottage that we stayed in was perfect!"

    Great location and a beautifully presented cottage. Well worth a visit especially it you enjoy exploring the outdoors!

    Reviewed by Annette5.0Jul 2020

  • "Sorry forgot to sign visitors book But we had a great stay- beds very ..."

    Sorry forgot to sign visitors book But we had a great stay- beds very comfortable, a great holiday cottage for a relaxed stay

    Reviewed by Kelly4.7Jul 2020

  • "All good, just one thing in the main bedroom the bedside lighting was poor,not controlled from the bed"

    Reviewed by John3.8Jul 2020

  • "The cottage was so cosy and we truly felt at home."

    The two sitting rooms was a lovely touch as if we didn’t fancy watching TV, we could relax with a book in the second lounge. The cottage was well equipped and the sauna was very much appreciated. We do wish the jacuzzi jets had been operational but that did not spoil our stay. Highly recommend the Chinese takeaway, the Bay Horse at Winton and the pre-loved clothing shop (mini Eden) was absolutely lovely. Thank you again for a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Dec 2019

  • "What a great example of a modern upgrade to a traditional cottage."

    Enough original features left to remind you of it's past enhanced by a clean and bright refurbishment. Parking was no problem behind the property with handy access through the back gate into the walled yard. With a large Co-op five minutes walk in one direction and the towns pubs, cafes and other shops 3 minutes the other, the property couldn't be more conveniently placed. The kitchen is large and equipped with everything required with plenty of crockery, glasses and cooking utensils. The living area's are very comfortable (we used the smaller snug) and proved to be a great place to relax and unwind after a night out in the town (The curry night in The Pennine was superb and the Chinese banquet from the chinese takeaway was delicious), walking the fabulous Northern Viaduct Trail or chilling after using the sauna. Upstairs the bedrooms are large, bright and the beds are very comfortable. The only thing worth noting that may be of interest is that there are no wardrobes for hanging larger items up. There is a separate toilet with hand basin and a large bathroom with rain shower over a large double bath (jacuzzi funtion does not work..but this is advised on the website) and a compact sauna (that easily accommodated 4 adults). We would not hesitate to recommend this superbly appointed cottage for a weekend getaway or as a base for a longer break to explore this beautiful part of Cumbria. Finally when we left on Sunday morning we dropped into The Mulberry Bush for a great breakfast served by friendly staff and a very welcoming owner.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Sep 2019

  • "Fabulous cottage really clean and surprisingly spacious."

    The two lounges and family kitchen / dining is great. We didn’t use the outside area but with the right weather is a lovely addition. Kirby Stephen is a lovely little market town with plenty of friendly pubs and cafes and only a short drive to access the Lakes and the Dales.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Aug 2019

  • "We loved our weeks stay at Bay Leaf Cottage."

    Inside the cottage there is a lot of attention to detail and the furnishings are beautiful and extremely high quality. We were able to have an adult and kids area by using both sitting rooms, which suited us well. Grandma was also thankful for the extra toilet away from us and the kids. We found the property suited us very well. The owner communication was great and nothing was too much trouble, I especially enjoyed the welcome drink. They even spotted and returned our little boy's teddy after our stay. The location in Kirkby Stephen was great for wandering into town and exploring the local area by car. We visited National Trust sites and went on the railway for Driver for a fiver with my 5 year old. He loved it. We ate from the indian as a take away and ate in at the chinese - both were good. The hidden beer garden at the back of the pub with sandpit and games for the kids was a great find for a drink and an ice cream. The larger CoOp a few minutes walk was very handy too. We had no problem parking behind the property at any point. The outside space is small but adequate and very well maintained so we enjoyed a drink and bbq in the sunshine. There is plenty of outdoor space nearby for the kids to make up for it...down by the river for a run about and a paddle. Thanks for a lovely stay at Bay Leaf Cottage.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jul 2019

  • "The cottage is roomy and comfortable."

    Very convenient location in a lovely village.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Apr 2019

  • "We had a lovely 4 night break at Bay Leaf Cottage."

    We found after booking that picture of the front of the cottage on was misleading and we didn’t realise until we booked and got the actual address that the cottage was on a main road, literally next to a mini roundabout with no immediate parking outside. The picture on Sykes Cottages is taken from across the road, given the impression that the cottage has a large front garden and is set further back from the road. The cottage itself it clean, modern and really comfortable. It had a large kitchen with dining table which it was a pleasure to enjoy time in and a nice patio area with seating at the rear. This was our first time in Kirkby Stephen and after visiting the helpful Tourist Information office we enjoyed some amazing walks from the cottage with stunning scenery and lots of places to stop along the way. Having regularly stayed in the Lake District this was a change from the norm for us and it really is worth a visit to this area of Yorkshire if you enjoy walking and amazing countryside views. The sauna, large bath tub and rainfall shower were enjoyed by all after our days out!

    Reviewed by Nasima4.7Apr 2019

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 2 x double
  • Bathroom with two person bath, rainfall shower, basin, WC and sauna, first floor cloakroom
  • Kitchen/Diner
  • 2 x sitting rooms (one with sofa bed).
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, slimline dishwasher, washing machine
  • Smart TV with Netflix, DVD player, sound bar, WiFi, Bluetooth speaker, Selection of books, games and DVDs, Traditional Scandinavian sauna
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Free parking across the road and to the rear of property
  • Enclosed, walled garden with private seating area
  • Bike storage
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: This property offers free sauna.

The property

Conveniently situated in the centre of Kirkby Stephen, with its beautiful stone exterior, is Bay Leaf Cottage.

With rolling fellsides behind, and the ‘Cathedral of the Dales’ nearby, the cottage is a lovely country retreat.

This semi-detached cottage boasts a fabulous layout inside, with two sitting rooms and a large, bright kitchen/diner sweeping across the ground floor to form a flowing open-plan living space. This quality getaway retains many of its original features and added character, with window seats, exposed stone and beams, alcoves and flagstone flooring.

From the entrance hall, into the first lounge to the left, behold the stylish choice of furniture inviting you to relax and unwind. Wander through to the open, spacious kitchen, which boasts a large dining area and considered lighting, uplifting a modern choice of fittings.

Use the cosy snug room for watching TV with the family and play your favourite tunes from the sound bar.

Enjoy the choice of DVDs and games available for you to use.

Take the stairs to the landing, where three bedrooms have been thoughtfully put together, with luxurious bedding and ample storage space. The spacious master bedroom overlooks the stunning gardens across from the front of the cottage; sit and enjoy the views from the comfortable armchair.

The large family bathroom enjoys a lavish double bathtub and rainfall shower, along with a traditional pine 4 person sauna with sound system; great for relaxing after a day exploring the nearby National Parks. In addition to this stunning interior is a delightful, walled garden outside with a private patio sitting area to soak up a balmy afternoon in Kirkby Stephen. This thriving market town offers pubs, shops and restaurants to choose from, as well as the old railway station, which connects to the Settle-Carlisle Railway line - a must-do travel experience! Enjoy walking and cycling, and explore this wonderful region on the fringes of the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Park. There are many attractions to suit all tastes! This is a fine choice for your next holiday in Cumbria.

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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.

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Note: This property sleeps a maximum of 6 adults and 1 child.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas