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The Grotto

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

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  • Sleeps 9

  • Bedrooms 5

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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27 Customer Review(s)

  • “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.

    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.

    - Mrs Gawor, July 2021

About 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.


  • 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.

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About the location


Sedbergh 13 miles; Penrith 22 miles; Reeth 22 miles; Kendal 23 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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