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Rainbow Cottage

(Ref. 1127915)

Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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9 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely stay here."

    Everything we could possibly need for a comfortable stay was included. The space in the cottage was amazing...set out with 2 wings so that you can have your own space. Plenty of outdoor seating areas with lovely views. The owners of this property are really lovely kind and welcoming. They make sure you are comfortable and have a wealth of local knowledge. We can't wait to return. Go there...you won't be disappointed!

    Reviewed by Joyce5.0Apr 2024

  • "Little gem set between Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Pennines, so plenty to do and see."

    We particularly recommend looking for red squirrels playing above the accessible railway path to the Podgill viaduct, or taking the train and having a look at the Ribblehead viaduct followed by tea at the station cafe. The cottage itself is wonderful both inside and out, perfect for our group of 4 people, including one with limited mobility.

    Reviewed by Simon4.7Mar 2024

  • "Second time staying at Rainbow cottage."

    Lovely peaceful place to go and relax. Plenty of space for everyone. Owners were friendly and helpful. Couple of small issues which were dealt with quickly so can’t fault anything. Will definitely be going back.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Mar 2024

  • "Second time at rainbow cottage this year."

    Absolutely love it. So quiet & peaceful. Simon & Diane are really lovely people. So friendly & welcoming

    So pleased you all enjoyed your stay again. What a bonus to see one of our red squirrels. Very best wishes for the new year. Diane & Simon Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Dec 2023

  • "We had a really lovely time at Rainbow Cottage."

    It is brilliant for accessibility, everything on one level and a walk in shower. It was very comfortable, very clean and has everything you need. It is quiet and relaxing, the perfect get a way if you want to switch off, but just a short drive away from great pubs and lovely walks. There is a great accessible walk from Smardale Gill that takes you to the Viaducts. We had a brilliant time and will be back.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2023

  • "Amazing! The cottage itself is absolutely stunning, very large and felt like home, very well equipped with everything there that you need."

    It was the perfect base for exploring the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Diane was great before hand keeping in touch to let us know arrival times and directions etc. and when we were there Simon was a fantastic host making sure our stay went perfectly well. An absolutely amazing time had in an amazing place and we will certainly return!

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely few days at Rainbow cottage."

    The surroundings were beautiful with a choice of 3 seating areas. Inside the cottage was clean, tidy and cosy with all we needed for a comfortable stay. Disabled access was brilliant for people with limited mobility. Close by Kirby Stephen has a variety of shops and restaurants to choose from. Diane and Simon are great people who are happy to help with anything you may need. I would highly recommend this cottage if you are looking for a relaxing break. We are looking forward to coming back for a little longer next time!

    We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. It was a pleasure to meet you all & look forward to you returning to us. Thank you so much for leaving the cottage so clean & tidy. That was very much appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Abby5.0Jun 2023

  • "Excellent cottage in a wonderful location."

    The place was clean, tidy and comfortable. Everything was there and in good order, so you could just enjoy the place and its setting and use it as a base for wider travels across Cumbria and the Lakes - or even into Northumberland. The owners were friendly, easy going people, who were happy to help in any way. It was good to see their small herd of Herefords in the adjoining paddock and to feel part of the farming community.

    Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are pleased that you had an enjoyable stay. We hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roz5.0Jun 2023

  • "What a wonderful place this is."

    Diane & Simon were fantastic The cottage was spotless & is stunning. Can't wait to go back for Christmas

    Thank you so much for those kind comments. We look forward to seeing you again at Xmas. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Feb 2023

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  • Single-storey, large property
  • Three bedrooms: 1 super-king, 1 x 2 single beds, 1 king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with disabled access, bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Note: There is ramp access available, wheelchair friendly, suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with electric fire
  • Geothermal underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • WiFi
  • TV with FreeSat, DVD, CD/radio, library of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking for 4 cars
  • Front lawned garden, plus side terrace with furniture, and rear patio/courtyard with furniture and barbecue
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Please note, as this is a working farm, dogs must be accompanied at all times
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.8 miles, pub 2.4 miles
  • Note: £20 supplement for dog
  • The cottage is 5 miles from Eden Barn Wedding venue
  • Please note: WiFi may be intermittent at times.

The property

Kirkby Stephen 2.4 miles.

Rainbow Cottage is a delightful conversion of the main cow byre of Sykeside Farm in Soulby, resting in the glorious Eden Valley of Cumbria.

A fully working farm boasting far-reaching views across the valley to the Pennines and the Howgill Fells, this substantial cottage offers spacious accommodation for smaller or extended families and groups of up to six people.

Original beams and stained-glass features add character to this charming, well-equipped cottage, whilst its ground-floor level, ramp access and a range of internal features offer ease for those with limited mobility.

The large, fitted kitchen is well-equipped with a host of appliances, whilst dining is also easy around the six-seater table; continue through to the sitting room for a relaxing evening, home to plush seating and an electric fire.

There are three bedrooms at this lovely holiday home offering flexible sleeping arrangements for any family staying, Single-storey.

Three bedrooms: 1 super-king, 1 x 2 single beds, 1 king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC.

Bathroom with disabled access, bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC The bedrooms are serviced by a spacious bathroom, with both a bath and a shower.

Outside Rainbow Cottage there are several places to relax and bask in the sunshine, selecting between the front lawn, a side terrace, and a rear courtyard with furniture and a barbecue.

Surrounded by open countryside and boasting views of the river, the cottage is an excellent base for those who enjoy walking, cycling and horse riding, along with scenic vistas across the county.

Just a short journey away is the market town of Kirkby Stephen, which offers shops, restaurants, and pubs, while the Settle-Carlisle Railway, the Howgill Fells, Pennines, and the ruins of Brough and Pendragon castles are all within easy reach.

Also, the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and the Durham Dales, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are all within a short drive.

A superb abode, choose Rainbow Cottage.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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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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Please note: WiFi may be intermittent at times.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas