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Bakers Cottage

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Kirkby Thore near Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "Great little cottage, have visited twice, and plan a third next year."

    Good value

    Reviewed by James5.0Jun 2024

  • "Extremely well equipped kitchen, which made me very happy as a keen cook!"

    The cottage was cosy, comfortable and ideally located. Quiet location but good main road links.

    Reviewed by Colette5.0Apr 2024

  • "It rained all week the wall in double bedroom was wet to touch possibly pointing on chimney stack requires attention ."

    We still had a pleasant stay cottage was well equipped and comfortable in a good location

    Reviewed by Julie3.8Apr 2024

  • "We had an enjoyable comfortable stay."

    It was in a very convenient location. It was cold to start but the heating worked very well and was soon very cosy. In spite of its size the cottage was spacious enough for our needs.

    Reviewed by Monica4.7Mar 2024

  • "Lovely stay and great communication."

    Reviewed by Louise4.1Feb 2024

  • "Owner provided a bottle of wine and milk, fresh flowers and a box of chocolates."

    The cottage was "compact", especially the upstairs. The central heating was effective in November time. There was a log burning fire, but not enough wood for one evening, extra wood was on offer at £6 a bag. The out of season price was competitive.

    Reviewed by David4.4Nov 2023

  • "This cottage was superb for our break."

    Within striking distance of the stunning Lake District. Thoroughly recommend

    Reviewed by James5.0Sep 2023

  • "Idilic place to recharge your batteries."

    Comfortable cottage, friendly neighbours, lovely walks, peaceful and quiet just what I needed, and the village was nice.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Sep 2023

  • "Absolutely perfect weekend away from home!"

    The cottage is beautiful, very clean and well equipped. The added bonus of a welcome gift of flowers, wine, milk and biscuits was very much appreciated. The village is idyllic and easily accessible from main route with lots of places to travel to within less than half an hour. We definitely recommend and will return in the future. Thank you for a most enjoyable stay!

    Reviewed by Kain5.0Aug 2023

  • "We would very happy to stay here again, compact and comfortable."

    Reviewed by Stanley4.1Jul 2023

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay!"

    The cottage was lovely felt like a home from home with some really nice touches like the welcome pack of goodies. We found some good walks from the cottage and for the foodies a few independent shops in Penrith, Lowther Castle is also well worth a visit.

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Jul 2023

  • "Great little cottage, everything I needed perfect day thank you"

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely cosy little cottage, ideal for 2/3 people as a base to discover the surrounding area."

    My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Eric5.0Feb 2023

  • "A lovely property."

    Very comfortable. The log burner made it nice and cosy. Very well equipped .well positioned. Thoroughly recommended.

    Reviewed by Jerry5.0Oct 2022

  • "The cottage was in an excellent position for walking in the Dales, Lake District and Pennines."

    It was easy to get to Appleby for shopping and cafes. We were also within a short walk of the local shop. The cottage was in a very quiet area. The cottage was a very good place for a two week stay - well equipped kitchen, spotlessly clean throughout, cosy and comfortable. We made use of the nice garden and met the friendly neighbours. Parking was ideal for our small car.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Sep 2022

  • "Bed very comfortable."

    Cottage ideal as a base but wouldn't recommend if you had small children as stairs very narrow and bathroom no bigger than a closet could do with a few more cooking pans and had trouble reading the dials on the hob. Very quiet area but have stayed in Kirby Thore before as have family near by. Parking is a struggle we have a Audi A6 saloon and only just got it in the parking area so anything bigger you have no hope.

    Reviewed by Stacey4.7Jun 2022

  • "Cottage very small and faculties basic."

    Garden overgrown and full of weeds. Stairs very steep and insufficient handrails. No proper recycling facilities a definite no in 2021.

    Reviewed by Terrence3.1Sep 2021

  • "Lovely cottage great location, great facilities."

    Only issue was the WiFi was very poor. No other issues

    Reviewed by Lucy4.7Aug 2021

  • "Charming little cottage, everything we needed apart from WiFi ."

    Parking very tight especially for someone who hates parking like me. Would have like a dishwasher but that’s because I hate washing up. Lovely little village and The Bridge bistro was fabulous

    Reviewed by Janet3.8Aug 2021

  • "Very enjoyable stay Cheryl was very helpful no takeaway delivery had to cook not ..."

    Very enjoyable stay Cheryl was very helpful no takeaway delivery had to cook not good when I'm on holiday and all amenities a good drive away left one day early as really bored did lots of miles

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Aug 2021

  • "Just a small issue about parking."

    May be better to advertise as parking for one small car. If I had had a larger car it would not have fitted onto the tight parking plot. Other than that that’s cottage was beautifully presented, exceptionally clean and the arrival gifts were very appreciated. The cottage had everything you needed for a pleasant stay.

    Reviewed by Laura4.7Jul 2021

  • "I felt that there was a large shortage of necessary essentials ie toilet rolls , bin liners, ."

    I would have preferred to have the little things available instead of the choc mint cake and wine they kindly left us. Disappointed that there were no bins either rubbish or recycling!! We had to make a journey to a recycling centre outside Kirkby. It wouldn’t hurt to invest in a decent tv and entertainment package, due to COVID not everyone wants to venture out in the evening and it was exceptionally difficult to find something to watch.

    Reviewed by Neil3.1Jun 2021

  • "Parking difficult by property with 3 days unable to park on suggested space as already taken"

    Reviewed by John4.1May 2021

  • "The parking was a little difficult but room to improve."

    Apart from that a most enjoyable holiday.

    Reviewed by Ronald5.0May 2021

  • "A lovely, well equipped cosy little cottage."

    The shower room although compact is perfectly laid out in the space available. Arrival touches were a lovely treat. The garden is a sun-trap which was great. The only issue is the parking (especially if a local has taken the space without leaving a note on screen). You will have to do a bit of manoeuvring to get in/out. Definitely would stay here again

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0May 2021

  • "Nice cottage."

    .. as described... cosy, comfortable and compact... Good location for exploring surrounding area.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0May 2021

  • "This was such a lovely cottage, the beds were so comfy!"

    The kitchen was equipped with everything we needed. The only thing would be to have a new shower head as it leaks at the bottom so its not as powerful! Perfect gorgeous cottage and i would definitely stay there again

    Reviewed by Lucy4.7May 2021

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday at Bakers Cottage, the cottage was very clean,comfortable and well equipped We would not hesitate to stay there again."

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Oct 2020

  • "A lovely cosy cottage in a great location."

    Thoroughly enjoyed our stay there and would choose it again as an ideal base for the Lakes and Dales. Welcome pack and already-made-up log burner were really nice touches. Bathroom and bedroom quite small but ok for a short stay of a few days. Parking space very tight so needs considering if you're coming in a very large car or motor-home as I think you'd struggle to park next to the property. Overall really good and would recommend to people.

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Sep 2020

  • "Lovely property in an ideal location I would return without thinking about it"

    Reviewed by Darren5.0Sep 2020

  • "What a lovely clean & cosy cottage."

    Lovely welcome pack. Great location for exploring the area.

    Reviewed by Justine5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was everything we wanted and more."

    I would highly recommend. Leaving us milk, flowers cake, cheese and crackers and doggy biscuits was a lovely touch. Very close to Penrith, Ullswater and not too far from Keswick so lots to do.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2020

  • "It was so lovely with the little extra things that Cheryl is for you,cheese and crackers and a pint of milk."

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Jul 2020

  • "Comfortable and cosy cottage."

    Well equipped. Close to local attractions like Abbott Lodge ice cream. Just off A66 near Penrith and to the Dales and Lake District. Would recommend this as a place to stay.

    Reviewed by M5.0Oct 2019

  • "Delightful cottage where the owners have taken great care to ensure guests are comfortable and made feel welcome in a homely environment."

    Quiet yet accessible area with much to explore & enjoy.

    Reviewed by Gerald5.0Apr 2019

  • "Bakers Cottage is a very good place to stay very comfortable, in a lovely setting."

    The only issue we had was the garden even though it was lovely wasn't secure for our small yorkie she had to be tied up all the time as she escaped through the fence. I must say this didn't spoil our stay. We would definitely recommend the cottage.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Jun 2018

  • "The cottage was well placed for easy access to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales."

    However, the bathroom was extremely small and the stairs are steep and the treads narrow. This could cause problems for elderly people or people with limited mobility but is not mentioned in your guide.

    Reviewed by Rosamund2.8May 2018

  • "Very quiet peaceful cottage."

    Great hospitality would certainly return.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Mar 2018

  • "This is a lovely cottage in a nice quiet area."

    But with easy to access the lake district and cumbria. The cottage has every think you would need in it,and the little extra touch were lovely.

    Reviewed by Ruth4.4Nov 2017

  • "We have always had good experiences with Sykes cottage but this one was by far the best."

    The people who own this cottage are wonderful. Everything you would need was in the kitchen down to a full drawer of spices and a coffee maker wow!! The cottage was really really clean. Beautiful bed linen and towels. Molten Brown bath stuff again wow!! The enclosed garden was a big bonus. There are no negatives to this cottage everything is superb. I would like to live there. Thanks for a fabulous holiday. From 2 very happy adults and 4 legged friend.

    Reviewed by Phyllis5.0Sep 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, iPod dock, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Roadside parking in front of cottage, or side street next to cottage
  • Enclosed patio with furniture and BBQ
  • One well-behaved dog welcome, to be kept downstairs only
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: The stairs at this cottage are a little steep, may be unsuitable for guests with walking difficulties
  • Note: Limited space between the sides of the double bed
  • Note: Compact shower room in cottage.

The property

Set in the village of Kirkby Thore, five miles from the town of Appleby-in-Westmorland is this quaint, sandstone end-terrace cottage, set in a quiet backwater of the village, with a village shop and pub just a short walk away.

Ideal for a relaxing break at any time of the year, this delightful cottage offers the opportunity to explore the quieter side of Cumbria.

This charming property offers cosy and character accommodation, which has been tastefully decorated with beamed ceilings and in the sitting room there’s a fireplace housing a warming woodburning stove.

Up on the first floor are two welcoming bedrooms and a small shower room, whilst downstairs a kitchen/diner completes the accommodation.

Outside, there’s a secluded patio area with pretty flowering tubs, a perfect place to enjoy a relaxing drink at the end of the day.

The village of Kirkby Thore lies next to the A66 and therefore a number of places can be easily reached.

The pretty market town of Appleby is famous for its annual horse fair, but is equally charming at any time of the year with its quaint shops and tea rooms to enjoy, along with charming riverside walks along the banks of the River Eden.

Within reach is the beautiful lakeside village of Pooley Bridge, which is set on the shores of Ullswater and is just a 20 minute drive away.

This pretty village sits at the top of Ullswater from where the steamers depart to take you on a mesmerising cruise down the lake through Paterdale.

The stunning Aira Force Falls are also in this scenic dale and make a great destination for a walk followed by a picnic.

This cosy holiday home is perfect for couples or small families to explore this gentle area with great amenities on the doorstep.

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About the location


Appleby-in-Westmorland 5 miles; Penrith 9 miles.

The small Cumbrian village of Kirkby Thore is situated within easy driving distance of both Appleby-in-Westmorland and Penrith, due to it being close to the A66. Kirkby Thore sits on the site of a Roman cavalry camp, with amongst other items, Roman coins, sandals and urns having been found in the area. Today, the village offers a church, a shop with Post Office, a bistro/pub and a petrol station. The historic town of Appleby-in-Westmorland is located in the loop of the River Eden, in the heart of the Eden Valley. Appleby is a major stop on the Settle-Carlisle Railway and every June the town plays host to a three hundred-year old Horse Fair. Also within reach is the bustling market town of Penrith, which was once the capital of Cumbria. The town offers a number of specialist shops, sandstone buildings, attractive cottages and gardens, along with a wide choice of pubs and restaurants. With wonderful Ullswater, the Lake District National Park and even the Yorkshire Dales National Park to visit, Kirkby Thore makes a convenient base for exploring the area.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas