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The Grotto

Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 920661)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 9

  • Bedrooms 5

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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

Reviews & Ratings

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "A beautiful grand old house in the centre of Kirkby Stephen."

    So much to explore in the surrounding area and a fantastic base from which to do it. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by HollyJun 2022

  • "Lovely spacious property."

    Really good location in middle of Kirkby Stephen. Well equipped kitchen. No complaints at all

    Reviewed by ClaireFeb 2022

  • "A beautiful house, very clean and well equipped."

    Set in the middle of the town with lots of places to eat and shops nearby. A lovely base for walking and exploring the local area.

    Reviewed by DianeOct 2021

  • "Lovely house very homely central for facilities shop next door eating places around owner very helpful."

    Ideal place to stay for walking nine standards !poetry walk and nature reserve easy access to lakes and pennies also Carlisle settle railway ,My second visit would stay again with my friends .

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2021

  • "A great property with loads of space and access to Kirkby Stephen's facilities."

    Reviewed by LucyAug 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay at the Grotto."

    The house and gardens are beautiful and the views of the countryside are a bonus. If you are lucky you might even spot the local Macaws flying from chimney pot to chimney pot.

    Reviewed by NatalieJul 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay at The Grotto."

    Pictures do not do the house justice. Rooms were huge, with everything we needed. Garden was beautiful, private and peaceful. We struggled a bit with the WiFi, but could just be the thick walls in the house. Kirkby Stephen has so much going on for a small town. Loads of lovely pubs, tearooms and shops. Will definitely come back.

    Reviewed by SusannaJun 2021

  • "Fantastic clean house, lovely walks on the doorstep, kids absolutely loved it as did we."

    Reviewed by RebeccaJun 2021

  • "We were delighted with our choice."

    The Grotto was situated in the Main Street . It is a beautiful house with a lovely garden. It had a well equipped kitchen and also outdoor games, even a table tennis which the children enjoyed. The weather was good whilst we were there and we spent many happy hours in the garden. An added attraction was the macaws which flew past in the early evenings!

    Reviewed by FionaMay 2021

  • "What a superb house for a large family, or in our case a get-together with friends!"

    It had every comfort, was beautiful to look at internally, well-placed in the little town, had a fabulous garden and a very friendly & helpful host.

    Reviewed by ElizabethSep 2020

  • "There was no mention of the noise factor in the bedrooms facing the front street (4 out of 5)."

    Being next-door to McColls meant noise of shutters opening and deliveries starting from 5.45 in the morning.

    Reviewed by SheilaSep 2020

  • "The house was very clean and spacious for us, And beautiful/Elegant rooms throughout."

    The garden was lovely and had nice views from the back. We all loved our stay.

    Reviewed by PatriciaSep 2020

  • "Despite the listing being comprehensive we were surprised by the size of the property."

    Everything was well maintained and the owner Andy could not be more helpful.

    Reviewed by NeilAug 2020

  • "Lovely accommodation in a beautiful setting."

    Reviewed by JoanneAug 2020

  • "Everyone in the group (9 adults) really loved the property."

    It was very clean and tidy when we arrived with thoughtful touches such as the fire being made up in the living room and a wonderful home made cake waiting for us. The rooms were spacious and comfortable. The owner has been very good at responding to one or two queries during our holiday and also sorting out some lost property that was left behind. We felt welcomed and looked after. We appreciated having facilities such as a convenience shop next door but also being able to walk from the house into the fells. It was an excellent centre for a holiday.

    Reviewed by AlexDec 2019

  • "The location is perfect, Kirkby Stephen has quite a few shops, a medium Co-op, and convenience stores, a bakers and a butcher (which was closed the week we were there without a notice to say how long for) cafés, pubs plus the usual tourist style shops."

    There is even a small “soft play” for little ones at one end of the town. The house is roomy and comfortable and well provisioned in the kitchen. Although we were advised to take tea towels, there was one provided. The house although old was spotlessly clean and no one in our party had any complaints at all. We were even, very kindly, allowed to watch the rugby World Cup final before leaving....because no one was arriving the day we left.

    Reviewed by GillianOct 2019

  • "This cottage and the attention from the owner was outstanding."

    You should definitely keep this cottage as part if your portfolio.

    Reviewed by KeithAug 2019

  • "Really nice to have two sitting rooms, one for TV or noise and one for quiet but companionable reading or chat."

    Cottage very well equipped and comfortable and the garden is lovely. Also the owner was really helpful when we had a car problem. Kirkby Stephen excellent base for walking with lots of interesting routes from the door or nearby . Only drawback is front bedrooms could be noisy for light sleepers if window open. But the lemon drizzle cake left by the owner was to die for ...

    Reviewed by BonnieSep 2018

  • "Fantastic house with excellent hospitality from the owner too."

    The listing doesnt completely reflect just how spacious the house is. It’s in a great location with some lovely walks in the surrounding area, in addition to plenty of places to eat and drink on the doorstep. The house is well equipped and has plenty to do for all. Basketball ring in the garden, table tennis table, books and games are all available. We will defiantly be back

    Reviewed by KaeronMay 2018

  • "We need a large house for our party of 8 adults and The Grotto certainly delivered on all counts."

    We love walking and the Vale of Eden was equally impressive, Nine standards Rigg and the Viaducts, two fantastic walks from the house. High Cup Nick was well worth the wet traipse. A trip to Ullswater and walk and steamer cruise an excellent start to our week, Brough Castle well worth a visit. The 5 red squirrels we saw was the icing on the cake.

    Reviewed by AnnMar 2018

  • "Listing did not do the property justice - it was much more spacious than ..."

    Listing did not do the property justice - it was much more spacious than expected a search by property ref on the site would be useful

    Reviewed by AnneApr 2017

  • "This is a great house for bigger parties."

    Excellently appointed and it was great to have cups and plates for kids (plastic ones). Having the coop right next door was very handy. It was nice to go down to river and feed the ducks. The house was great for playing hide and seek with the two staircases. This is especially important when you are three, even if you did keep getting lost.

    Reviewed by JoanneOct 2016

  • "An extremely interesting house from every positive outlook."

    Well equipped, good location for amenities and excellent walking from the door. All round it's pretty near perfect especially if you like getting out and about.

    Reviewed by ThomasOct 2016

  • "The photographs do not do this house justice."

    The area is beautiful.

    Reviewed by EileenSep 2016

  • "This is a lovely house with a welcoming and considerate owner who made sure we had everything we needed."

    The house is spacious and the garden large and delightful. There are lots of great walks on the doorstep and plenty of local shops and places to eat. We had a great time.

    Reviewed by JaneAug 2016

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  • Five bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 3 x twin, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Dining room with open fire
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Snug (seats 4).
  • Gas central heating with open fires
  • Electric double oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 2 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fires inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 min walk.

The property

Situated on the high street in the traditional market town of Kirkby Stephen, this cottage is a superb base for touring the area, coupled with local facilities literally on the doorstep.

No one quite knows the origins of this lovely property's unusual name but in reality The Grotto is in parts, an elegant Victorian townhouse filled with original features.

Some parts of the house are of an earlier age but nowadays it all works beautifully with a seamless flow throughout.

Five comfortable bedrooms offer plenty of flexibility with the sleeping arrangements, and with a family bathroom, a shower room and a cloakroom, nobody needs to wait too long to get ready for a day out.

On the ground floor, the well-equipped kitchen has all modern appliances, so if you don’t fancy one of the many places to eat in the town, you can easily rustle up a tasty dinner for the whole party.

Both the dining room and sitting room have an open fire, so you can linger while sharing the day’s adventures and planning tomorrow’s excursion.

The views from the rear of the property are enticing and make you want to don your walking boots for a great day's hiking, whilst the lawned garden also provides an opportunity to catch the last of the evening sun as you relax with a glass of wine.

Kirkby Stephen is surrounded by spectacular scenery nestled within the Upper Eden Valley between the Lake District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales.

The iconic Settle-Carlisle railway runs close by and is the first station in the beautiful Eden Valley after the line descends from its highest point at Ais Gill.

On a clear day there are magnificent views across Mallerstang and Wild Boar Fell, the Howgills and the distant Lakeland Fells.

For walkers the choice is superb from challenging ascents, limestone pavements, stone circles, ancient barrows and meandering riverside strolls.

To the east are the North Pennines, complete with a section of the Pennine Way and the extraordinary geological feature of High Cup Nick.

Four miles south of Kirkby Stephen are the picturesque Norman ruins of Pendragon Castle said to be the birthplace of King Arthur.

Whatever you decide to do on your holiday, you can return to this magical cottage and enjoy the local facilities that surround your superb holiday home.

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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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