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Macaw Cottages, No. 4

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Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely clean warm beautiful cottage-everything you need."

    We will be back and will highly recommend it to family and friends. We really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Oct 2023

  • "A little research before arriving proved to be invaluable - we knew where to park, which breakfasts to try (The Mulberry Bush came out on top), which walks to do."

    The cottage did what we wanted and needed (hot showers and a comfy bed). Would recommend the Fat Lamb for food but not for their 'nature reserve'. The Engine Shed is also recommended as is the La'l Nook. Plenty of wildlife to look out for including a variety of birds of prey, kingfishers, voles and red squirrels. The circular walks from Kirkby Stephen to Pendragon Castle, Newbiggin On Lune to Smardale, and Sedburgh to Brigflats were all very enjoyable. Thanks to Katie for her help when our arrival was delayed due to Storm Babet - our only disappointment was not seeing a real life Macaw flying about.

    Reviewed by Martk4.7Oct 2023

  • "A cosy cottage in the middle of Kirkby Stephen a quiet little lane through to ..."

    A cosy cottage in the middle of Kirkby Stephen a quiet little lane through to the town with all the amenities close to hand, spotlessly clean, massive comfortable bed and large bathroom and shower downstairs then the main sitting and kitchen area upstairs with lots of light coming in through the velux windows and door with Juliet balcolny, a dishwasher in the kitchen but for two people was never used personally I would have installed a washing machine or washer dryer your muddy wet walking clothes, would definitely return again though

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.7Oct 2023

  • "What a top of the range placenta to stay clean neat and tidy with access to all amenities on offer."

    Our stay was superb and if we were to visit the area we would stay at macaw

    Reviewed by Stewart4.7Sep 2023

  • "Very impressed overall, the owners have made a brilliant job of the conversion."

    Very comfortable cottage. A little DVD player and a radio might be useful whilst holidaying here. Shall certainly recommend.

    Reviewed by Gerry5.0Aug 2023

  • "Wow. Spotlessly clean and well thought out design."

    Everything you could want was there.

    Reviewed by Cathryn5.0Aug 2023

  • "Macaw cottage is finished to very high end spec, very comfortable (especially beds!"

    ), super clean and in a prime location to explore Lakes and Yorkshire. Despite being near a main road it is very quiet. I would definitely come back! Only comment as a coffee lover (as it is a cottage for 2): a larger cafetière would be fabulous!

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jun 2023

  • "We very much enjoyed our stay at Macaw Cottage last week and have only praise for the property, facilities and location."

    It would, however, have been helpful if you had listed more places of interest in the area to visit as we exhausted those that you gave after two or three days, e.g. The Bowes Museum, The Bird of Pray Center, Appleby on market day, etc, etc.

    Reviewed by Brian4.7Jun 2023

  • "We were super impressed, location, furnishings, comfort, everything worked."

    Can’t think of a single negative comment to make. We would definitely stay here again. Keep up the good work. Gold stars all round. Ken & David

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0May 2023

  • "Hopefully back next year."

    Cant fault our stay and as we keep coming back I think that says it all.

    Reviewed by Hazel5.0May 2023

  • "Absolute amazing property."

    Stayed for 2 nights for a wedding down the road and couldn’t fault the accommodation at all. Clean to high standard and nice little touches. If I was visiting Kirby Stephen again, I would hesitate to book again at Mascaw. Thanks for your hospitality

    Reviewed by Jack5.0Apr 2023

  • "A beautiful, spotlessly clean cottage, warm and welcoming, equipped with everything we needed."

    It is ideally located to access all the local amenities as well as situated to easily explore the nearby walks and countryside. I would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Mar 2023

  • "A lovely stay at No 4 Macaw Cottage."

    Loved the upside down living of going downstairs to bed. Smart kitchen with plenty of work tops, homely lounge area, spacious shower and luxurious bath. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Tracy4.1Mar 2023

  • "A lovely cosy cottage in the middle of Kirkby Stephen."

    Nice to have living area upstairs. It was very clean and comfortable, especially spacious for a couple. Parking whilst not next to cottage was readily available on nearby street. Plenty contact from owner who was readily available to answer any queries.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Mar 2023

  • "This is a lovely cottage."

    Exactly what you want when you go away. In a quiet street, but close to all the town’s amenities. It was a perfect base for a weekend of walks. It was spotlessly clean and had everything we could need for our stay. Would definitely revisit.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Nov 2022

  • "Absolutely loved our week away in the beautiful cottage!"

    Location is perfect for local shops/pubs, locals are lovely and very welcoming , highly recommend

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Oct 2022

  • "A fantastic property in the centre of Kirkby Stephen, close to all the shops , pubs and eating places."

    It is wonderfully located for all the great walks within the area . Very large comfortable bed and good shower , with excellent WIFI. Will definately return , if in this area again.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2022

  • "Nice modern property, very clean and good location."

    A few small things would be improvement: a lot more hangers needed, 5 for 2 people is not enough, also chest of drawers and bin in the bedroom. Most places have a washing machine these days so you can refresh towels, it's a shame there is only a dishwasher which didn't get used.

    Reviewed by Kathleen3.8Aug 2022

  • "A lovely cottage with a great location to visit many places."

    Very clean cottage and a great welcome hamper. I would have appreciated a few more coat hangers. Parking nearby was not a problem.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Jul 2022

  • "Excellent property,clean and comfortable."

    Nice welcome hamper. Roadside Parking but never had a problem finding a space. Will look at booking the property again. My only request would be a few more hangers in the wardrobe!

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2022

  • "Very nice well appointed property, we very much enjoyed our stay and may book again in future."

    Kirkby Stephen was a good location for exploring the Eden Valley and its charming villages.

    Reviewed by J5.0May 2022

  • "Just returned from a week holiday at this cottage and it was perfect."

    This cottage has everything you would need as well as all local amenities yards away literally. Hamper and fresh milk in the fridge was a lovely touch. This area is also central to many walks including The 9 Standards. Even the lakes are approx 1 hr drive. Would definitely book this cottage again when next in the area. Many thanks Hazel & Neil Ross

    Reviewed by Hazel5.0May 2022

  • "Modern, clean and, unusually, exactly as pictures portrayed."

    Excellent bathroom. Great WiFi. Great heating which I imagine would make comfortable for a winter stay. Very quiet but in heart of town.

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Apr 2022

  • "Superb property clean and modern with everything we needed for a short break."

    Great location for touring and walking. Plenty of pubs and places to eat right in the doorstep.

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had excellent holiday great location everything was just right Will come back again soon"

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Apr 2022

  • "Excellent cottage."

    Good location for all town facilities. Lovely area, with lots of interesting walks and places to visit.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Mar 2022

  • "A beautiful property, immaculately clean and tastefully decorated."

    Top class facilities and appliances throughout. Absolutely perfect, no negative feedback whatsoever.

    Reviewed by Gavin5.0Mar 2022

  • "What an amazing place!"

    Felt like home. The cottage is beautiful, very well presented and cleaner than clean. The area is also just as beautiful,friendly and welcoming. We had the best time. We will defenetely be back!

    Reviewed by Daniele5.0Jan 2022

  • "We have come back from a weeks stay at this beautiful cottage."

    The facilities were great and very spacious. Fantastic location, nice and quiet and everything we needed was there.

    Reviewed by Jessica5.0Jan 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, very comfortable warm and clean, loved the super king bed and full bathroom."

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Dec 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage, lovely and clean, welcome hamper was nice."

    Fabulous bed and nice and quiet. Bathroom was amazing, only one downside was the cottage is in a walk through alley, and its very very dark in the alleyway, but our stay was lovely and very enjoyable. Thank you

    Reviewed by Denise4.7Nov 2021

  • "We had a very comfortable stay."

    The cottage was spacious, bright and modern and had everything we needed. The welcome hamper was very thoughtful and well received. It was an excellent base to explore the Lake District, North Yorkshire and County Durham. We would definitely stay again

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Oct 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay at Macaw cottage."

    The facilities were fantastic perfect for a peaceful weekend.

    Reviewed by Shannon5.0Oct 2021

  • "Cottage was spotless."

    stunning layout. Excellent location.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Oct 2021

  • "The cottage exceeded our expectations and was perfectly sized for us."

    Brilliant kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and lounge, nothing more needed... Great communication from the owner and a lovely welcome pack as well. Parking was on street but never a problem and never more than 100 yards from the cottage. It was in a great location for us to explore the Lakes, Dales and Hadrians wall, although these all required a bit of a drive but on lovely roads!! The village itself had way more amenities than we thought with some great walks as well. The L'al Nook pub, about 50 yards away, was our favourite. Great welcome, great beer and wine and nicely quirky. We'd definitely recommend and would definitely go back

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Sep 2021

  • "This beautiful cottage far exceeded our expectations, it was immaculately clean, spacious and very well designed."

    We have spent many years visiting Cumbria, holidaying and meeting up with friends, and this cottage was certainly the very best we have stayed in. It is close to local amenities and all popular walking areas we highly recommend a stay at Macaw cottages.

    Reviewed by Ursula5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in Kirkby Stephen, done to a very high standard and central for days out in and around the lake district."

    IN the centre of the town, but in a quiet position, so no noise form the street. The cottage was immaculate and had everything we needed. The welcome muffins and gift basket was a nice touch. was patchy at times, but given the position of the cottage, this was understandable The only thing I would suggest that could have been provided was perhaps kitchen roll and a pan scourer, aside from that, everything was there

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Aug 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage ,nice welcome hamper and the owner was very helpful but not ..."

    Beautiful cottage ,nice welcome hamper and the owner was very helpful but not intrusive ,it was a fantastic base to explore the gorgeous countryside and would definitely make a return visit

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Aug 2021

  • "Everything was as expected Had fabulous week & will hopefully be able to return to the cottage"

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2021

  • "We had lovely stay in Macaw Cottages."

    The cottage was of a high standard & we had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. Great location with great walks nearby. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Emma3.8Jun 2021

  • "Superb accomodation, modern and well furnished."

    Perfectly situated in the town, just off the main street yet nice and quiet. An ideal base for great walks in Swaledale and Haweswater

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jun 2021

  • "No WiFi but this getting done shortly."

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2021

  • "High end comfort in a beautiful small village"

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0May 2021

  • "The cottage is beautifully furnished and decorated to a very high standard and is located in the heart of the village close to all amenities."

    We had an excellent holiday enjoying day walks in the superb spring countryside. The only disappointment was the lack of broadband and my mobile wi-fi only worked near the window.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Apr 2021

  • "We enjoyed our week in this immaculate cottage which was very comfortable and extremely quiet given that it was just off the Main Street."

    It was in a great location and we took advantage of the local services as we walked from the cottage most days along the beautiful Eden Valley. Parking was close and not a problem. The owner left a very nice Welcome Pack and I would have no hesitation in recommending this lovely property. JH

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Apr 2021

  • "Being the first ever guests at the cottage was a great honour."

    Lovely clean well presented, comfortable and very welcoming property. Wonderful hamper on arrival including some homemade cupcakes. The cottage although no parking was not a problem, always room to park on a near by road. Great location being just off of the high street, with plenty of places for us to buy takeaways, with there being Covid restrictions on eating only outside,highly recommend the Indian restaurant . Wonderful walks from your door step, close to lovely villages in Cumbia and The Dales. Highly recommend, we would love to visit again some day. Thank you .

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Apr 2021

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  • Reverse-level-accommodation
  • One ground-floor super king-size bedroom
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, separate walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • First-floor open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with Juliette balcony
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher
  • Smart TV
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Wi-Fi
  • Road side parking available
  • Travel cot on request only
  • Enclosed front patio with bistro table and chairs
  • Sorry, no pets, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.1 miles.

The property

Set on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, within the historical market town of Kirkby Stephen, you will find Macaw Cottages, No 4.

A quaint cottage resting at the mid-point of the Coast-to-Coast route, just a pleasant drive away from the Lake District National Park, Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North Pennines, this homely dwelling offers up the perfect base from which avid walkers can enjoy the very best of the English countryside.

As you step inside this humble abode, be greeted by a restful super king size bedroom and a contemporary bathroom, hosting both a spacious tub and separate walk-in shower, allowing you to choose how to best prepare for the days ahead.

Take the staircase up to the first floor and discover a wonderful open-plan living space, home to an inviting seating area with Smart TV, an intimate dining space and a gorgeous oak kitchen boasting a plethora of appliances and utensils - sure to inspire some good home cooking throughout your stay.

Head outside to the enclosed front patio and enjoy your morning cup of tea at the pretty bistro table, before setting about your day.

Surrounded by luscious green landscapes and breath-taking cycle routes right from your doorstep, there are lots of exciting activities for all to enjoy!

With so much beauty right on your doorstep, Macaw Cottages, No.4 is an exquisite choice for your next adventure in the Cumbrian Countryside.

Macaw Cottages

These inviting, stone-built cottages rest in the heart of the ever-popular town of Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria. Together providing welcoming accommodation for four people, they are a perfect choice for couples looking to explore both the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Set in a reverse level layout, the upstairs of these cottages are entirely comprised of an open-plan living area, hosting all the amenities needed for a week-long stay; find each kitchen equipped with an electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and a dishwasher, while the sitting area features a Smart TV and plush seating. The ground-floor plays host to the bedrooms and bathrooms, offering a superb level of quality. Outside guests have the benefit of an enclosed patio area where they can sit out with a favourite drink and watch the town pass by. The town itself boasts a vibrant selection of amenities to enjoy, popping in and out of independent stores in search for a bargain before enjoy a sweet treat at a local café, as well as an abundance of footpaths catering for all levels of walkers, whether it be a gentle meander along the River Eden or in a Nature Reserve to climbing over the Nine Standards on the Coast-to-Coast footpath or using your navigation skills on open access fells. The town has also won a number of prizes for its blooms and was voted Calor Northern Village of the Year, making this an idyllic backdrop for any self-catering stay. Prepare to be amazed as you spot colourful Macaw’s flying around the area, having bred at the nearby Eden Place, a real paradise for avid bird watchers. Other local attractions include the John Walker Monument and the Stainmore Railway company, where you can delight in scenic train rides through the countryside, or the enchanting remains of Lammerside Castle and the cascading waters of Currack and East Gill Force. Less than two miles away is the local station to the Settle-Carlisle railway, making Macaw Cottages the ultimate bases to explore the Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland National Park and the Lake District National Park.

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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, the stunning Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines AONB at your fingertips.

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