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Dairy Cottage

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Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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52 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Dairy cottage for three nights, it is in a very quiet location with fantastic walks from the door."

    The property was spotless on arrival and the owners were extremely friendly and helpful if needed. The furniture and beds were very comfy and everything has a luxurious feel to it. We will definitely return and would certainly recommend it to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2024

  • "As always, Dairy Cottage was warm, clean and comfortable."

    The owners add lovely touches such as fresh flowers, biscuits, tea and coffee bags, chocolates and wine which make you feel really welcome. We have been many times as we have a cousin nearby, and each time is as good as the last!

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Apr 2024

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage, it has been furnished and equipped to a very high standard."

    We loved our stay and hope to return. The festive goodies left by David and Julie were also a lovely gesture.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Dec 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage, beautiful location."

    Owners lovely. Our second visit, as we so enjoyed the place last time. We brought friends this time and they loved it too. All in all, very highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Sep 2023

  • "Dairy Cottage was just a lovely place to stay!"

    Everything about the place was faultless, and nothing was too much trouble for the hosts. It was very well kitted out with everything you would need and beautifully decorated throughout. I would definitely recommend this little gem and we’ll definitely return to this idyllic cottage. 10/10!

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Sep 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay so much we have already booked to go back."

    A lovely immaculate cottage which is equipped with anything you could possibly need for a comfortable stay. All you need to pack is your clothes and some food, everything else is already at the house (pots, pans, washing up, bin bags etc.) The owners are lovely and have just the right amount of interaction with you. Location is great, within easy reach of so many places. Would 100% recommend.

    Reviewed by Shireen5.0Sep 2023

  • "Great place to stay."

    Dairy cottage is clean and spacious in a quiet location. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Jun 2023

  • "This cottage was beautiful and in a great location."

    There was a lovely outdoor area to sit also.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0May 2023

  • "Very special."

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Feb 2023

  • "Thank you for another wonderful stay."

    This is a beautiful holiday home and we would thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking to stay in the local area.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Dec 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a very cosy village."

    Reviewed by Noel5.0Dec 2022

  • "A fantastic property in every way."

    It was superb and the lovely owners have thought of everything you might need. Very spacious , warm , cosy ,extremely well equipped and very tastefully decorated. Dairy cottage was spotless too. Highly recommend this cottage .

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Oct 2022

  • "This was our second visit to this wonderfully well-equipped, comfortable and clean cottage on a working farm."

    It was a great base to reach the Lakes and the Dales. The owners are friendly and welcoming. Kirkby Stephen is in easy reach for supplies and the Carlisle to Settle railway. We will definitely return!

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Oct 2022

  • "Dairy Cottage is such a lovely place to stay and is very well equipped."

    The enclosed garden at the back of the cottage is well kept and peaceful and the whole property is clean and spacious. I have stayed twice now and cannot recommend it enough! The owners are such friendly people too.

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a lovely holiday in this comfortable, peaceful cottage."

    It had everything we needed and the owners were friendly and helpful. We would recommend this cottage to anyone. It is in a good position for exploring the dales and the lake district.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Aug 2022

  • "Perfect location, perfect cottage, perfect weather, perfect hosts"

    Reviewed by Jessie5.0Jul 2022

  • "As soon as we got there we knew we would be sad to leave."

    Top quality accommodation and furnishings. Spacious. Quaint. Feature beams etc. Fresh flowers!!!!!!!! Bed super comfortable in the master suite. So beautifully dressed when we arrived I was afraid to sleep on it! Owners really lovely couple that we didn’t see much of but if we asked them anything by text they got back to us straight away. Courtyard garden was a good size and a sunny spot with an area for disposable barbecues to be used, we didn’t however. Table and chairs and sunbeds! We used the local Co-Op for buying or groceries and wine etc. Bigger supermarkets are about 30 miles away! Loved meeting the calves, bull, bullock and shorthorn cows, especially Violet

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jun 2022

  • "We absolutely loved this property."

    We stayed for a couple of nights for a family wedding. My elderly parents were with us so the ground floor en-suite bedroom was perfect for them. This cottage is spotlessly clean, every little touch thought of and really tastefully decorated. We had dinner the night before the wedding in the local pub (which even my parents could walk to) and that was really nice too. We met the owners on arrival and when we left and they were so nice and helpful too. I really cannot fault anything - having such a fabulous base to get ready for such an important family event was the icing on the cake. Thank you for our perfect stay.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jun 2022

  • "Beautifully presented accommodation equipped with everything you could need for a cottage holiday - will definitely look to book this again in future whenever we are heading for these parts."


    Reviewed by Mike5.0May 2022

  • "We would not hesitate to recommend to anyone."

    Comfortable. Well maintained. Helpful host. What more could you ask for.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey5.0May 2022

  • "This was a home away from home."

    Couldn't fault a thing. What ever was needed was there. David even gave me a tour of his farm animals

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Apr 2022

  • "The cottage was warm and spotlessly clean with everything we needed for a relaxing week's break, with hand wash, shower gel, tea, coffee, milk and chocolate kindly provided!"

    The bed was comfortable and we enjoyed using the wi-fi and Netflix on the television. Plenty of hot water, large, soft towels and a well heated shower room added to our enjoyment. Possibly we could have benefited from a grab bar or non-slip base as the shower tray was a little slippery, but we were cautious! We would definitely visit again: it was one of the best cottages we have rented.

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2022

  • "The holiday cottage is superb."

    It is beautifully decorated and very cosy. Everything you could possibly need had been provided.

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Apr 2022

  • "Best property we have stayed in for many years."

    On arrival our host welcomed us and talked about facilities including the fact that the heating was full on to keep us warm and cosy. The Dairy had been furnished from scratch with good quality furnishing and equipment. The double bed was very comfortable and the shower ensuite spacious and of very high standard. A lovely village location, though you are on a farm, with an excellent gastro pub within easy walking distance.

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Apr 2022

  • "From the second we walked into your beautiful cottage we felt we’d hit the jackpot."

    It was warm, inviting, clean, and most of all, after a three hundred mile journey we felt immediately at home, with little the touches of fresh flowers and how the cottage was styled etc, even with two storms hitting the uk we felt warm, safe and cosy. Thank you for making our stay happy, relaxing and memorable. We will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Feb 2022

  • "Amazing property."

    Met our needs 100% . Beautifully furnished and decorated. Well stocked kitchen and very comfortable. Absolutely all our needs met and anything we required was sorted immediately (new batteries for TV remote!)

    Reviewed by Toni5.0Dec 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our week at Dairy Cottage and hope to return!"

    The cottage was very cosy and clean, and had everything we needed for our stay. As others have mentioned it's one of the best places we've stayed in. The location was a great base for walks in the Dales, Lakes and North Pennines. The owners were very friendly and on hand if we needed anything.

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Dec 2021

  • "I stayed at the Dairy Cottage for 5 nights."

    Seldom have I stayed somewhere and not desired to return to my own home, but I think this was the exception. Dairy Cottage is on a farm, it is essentially betwixt the Lakes and the Dales, and this was a major factor in booking it, and neither places are too far away. Following Google's directions will get you lost, so speak to David for the directions, instead! Nonetheless, it's not too far from the local town and the co-op is about a 3-4 minute drive down the road, as well as there being a well love Pub right around the corner. Upon arriving, I found the cottage to be exactly, and I mean that earnestly, exactly as described, inside and out. It was wonderfully clean and tastefully decorated to a high standard, much as you might expect at the more expensive hotels in the centre of a large city. The difference was that it was very much a home, and I felt as such for the entirety of my stay. Despite staying during Storm Arwen, the cottage is well insulated and the heaters were great, but the best parts of the night were putting on the stove, which works brilliantly. There is everything in the kitchen you'd need for a meal proper and all of it works as intended. The bedroom I mainly stayed in was the master, and the mattress was perfect for my back, comfortable and welcoming, and the pillows were very soft! The bathrooms are small exercises in pulchritude and the showers are strong and warm quickly. As you are on a farm, you should expect to hear the cows sing now and again, but it is not intrusive. Lastly, David and Julie were the best of hosts. You made my stay one that was memorable and warm, and I'm thankful for how generous and kind you are. I would, and indeed will recommend the Dairy to anyone and everyone seeking a cottage or place to stay. Of all the places I have visited, this was the best. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Mohammad5.0Nov 2021

  • "The owners were welcoming and very helpful."

    My son and I enjoyed a much needed, peaceful break in their lovely cottage. Everything we needed and more was provided and it was very cozy. Thank you again for your wonderful hospitality.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Nov 2021

  • "Probably the best safe-catering property we've ever stayed in."

    We loved it, and didn't want to leave! Incredibly well-appointed, and so welcoming and homely. The bonus for us was that our kids loved it too, and loved having their own bedroom on a separate floor to us (as did we!!). Would highly recommend, and hope to return.

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Oct 2021

  • "We had a most comfortable holiday here enjoying well presented and equipped accommodation at Dairy Cottage."

    The cottage gives easy access to the stunning countryside and many fascinating towns and castles of Cumbria. Pendragon Castle and it's mythical Arthurian connections gave us particular joy. The extra welcome touches provided by the owners were much appreciated. You have our confident recommendation. Thankyou

    Reviewed by Isabella5.0Oct 2021

  • "Best cottage we've stayed in and we've stayed in plenty!"

    Owners have thought of everything. Didn't want to leave!

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Sep 2021

  • "Everything was so welcoming."

    The owners clearly took real pride in making the cottage beautiful and comfortable. They were very friendly and we couldn’t have wanted for anything. The nearby pub served lovely food and we’d definitely go again.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Sep 2021

  • "The cottage exceeded our expectations."

    It was spacious and comfortable and well furnished. I can’t remember staying in better accommodation on our holidays and we have stayed at plenty around the UK. We would definitely book it again when we want to stay in this area. The owners were helpful and friendly.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Sep 2021

  • "The cottage was great a nice blend of the modern and touches of old."

    Welcoming and friendly hosts. Beautiful setting in a village with a small town within walking distance. We only used the car on one day.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Sep 2021

  • "A beautiful cottage with everything you could possibly want."

    The friendly, helpful owners have thought of everything. Couldn’t fault it and would stay again. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Aug 2021

  • "Dairy Cottage was amazing accommodation."

    It was so spacious, cosy, comfortable with really good quality furnishings, a huge utility room for drying boots and wet clothes, was spotlessly clean, and owners on hand if we needed anything. It was a wonderful place to stay.

    Reviewed by Tara5.0Aug 2021

  • "Amazing place, exceeded our expectations."

    Of all the cottages we have booked with Sykes over the years, this tops the list in quality.

    Reviewed by James5.0Jul 2021

  • "The whole experience."

    The cottage is beyond absolutely perfect. It is very well equipped and spotless. The position is perfect and the back courtyard is a sun trap and so beautiful, there is really no need to go out. Dave and Julie and their cowman, David, are extremely friendly and nothing is too much trouble for them. They even took time out of their busy lives to put up with me seeing their cows and explaining how the farm had worked when it was a dairy. I cannot praise it enough and would date them a 150% if I was allowed. Perfect.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jul 2021

  • "An impeccable cottage to stay in, attention to detail second to none, friendly, hospitable, every comfort thought about, & a fabulous location."

    We will be back!

    Reviewed by Katharine5.0Jul 2021

  • "Perfect."

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Jun 2021

  • "Absolutely brilliant cottage, perfect in practically every way."

    Immaculately clean, everything seemed very new and almost unused! Excellent facilities and equipment, beautiful spacious bathrooms with lots of places for ones own toiletries. Lovely furnishings, great decor, comfortable beds. (If pushed I'd say the only slight criticism was the lack of practical hanging space for clothes). Unusual layout made it all the more interesting. Gorgeous little rear enclosed courtyard/patio - such a sun trap. Convenient location. Lots of walking nearby. Local pub. So wonderful I could happily move in and live here! Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Jun 2021

  • "Wonderful place to stay."

    Well equipped and furnished. Every little thing thought of. Fresh flowers and welcoming swiss chocolate and coffee very much appreciated! Would love to return again.

    Reviewed by Hazel5.0May 2021

  • "We loved the location of Dairy cottage, there were lots of local walks and it wasn’t too far away from the Lake District ."

    We did a fabulous walk starting from Keswick , up the Catbells , along Derwentwater and back into Keswick .

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Apr 2021

  • "The Dairy Cottage was absolutely faultless and fabulous."

    The owners have gone to a lot of effort to make it what it is and every small little touch was well appreciated. Minute details like how the towels smelt, the diffusers everywhere, a complimentary bottle of fizz and biscuits, the luxurious bedding etc etc the list goes on. We stayed here as a base for exploring the Lakes and it was such a comfy choice. My wife and I simply cannot recommend it enough. Absolutely superb!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Dec 2020

  • "Highly recommended."

    David & Julie went out their way providing all facilities & even included Christmas trees! Very clean, comfortable, modern, warm & well equipped cosy cottage. Lovely area and things to do. Would highly recommend 5*****

    Reviewed by Johnathon5.0Dec 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely and I think actually nicer than in the pictures."

    It was warm, cosy and beautifully decorated to a very high standard. There there were only a few downsides: - the directions on the app and email were not very detailed at all and not clear where we should go at the end of the lane. There needs to be far more detail on there as, if a local man hadn't seen us and directed us, I would have had to ring the owner/contact to find out where to go - similar to the above, there was no signage to show that Dairy Cottage was down the lane. There was a small sign saying 'private lane, no access' or something similar but this is where we needed to go! - the parking is very tight and not helped when the owner of the farm opposite parked their car opposite the driveway. - given that everyone needs to wash their hands more, I was surprised not to find any soap at any of the sinks (apart from a small pack of miniature toiletries in the upstairs shower room.) Sanitiser was available but not soap which I thought was odd

    Reviewed by Nicola4.4Oct 2020

  • "Wonderful stay."

    Cottage exceeded our expectations. Comfortable and warm. Everything was there that we needed. Lovely walks around the area with plenty of information and maps / books

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2020

  • "Beautifully fitted out and decorated cottage."

    Everything you could possibly need was there. All clean and new looking and very comfortable. The stove was lovely to sit in front of in the evening with its warming cosy glow. The WiFi was not the best. However not a problem for us...might be for families visiting with teens. The owner assured us he was going to rectify that particular issue. We enjoyed some lovely walks. The area has lots of walks with fabulous views and points of interest. The local pub was excellent and welcoming. We really enjoyed our week in Dairy Cottage.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2020

  • "Fantastic accommodation - very comfortable and clean."

    Great location!

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Sep 2020

  • "It was an absolute privilege to stay in this beautiful cottage!"

    It is fitted to the highest standard and everything you can imagine is provided! We had an amazing holiday and the most lovely hosts. The location is superb it is really quiet but you can reach the Lakes/ Dales/ Pennines and the Hadrians wall in around an hour's drive or even less, which makes it a really good location if you would like to explore the north hiking on the best routes. We highly recommend this place to everyone!

    Reviewed by Stefanie5.0Sep 2020

  • "This cottage is beautiful."

    Tastefully and comfortably furnished, quality fixtures and fittings. Lovely helpful owners. Would go again.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Sep 2020

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground-floor twin (zip/link, can be super king-size double on request) with en-suite shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • First-floor sitting room with gas stove.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Enclosed courtyard with table and chairs
  • Sorry, no pets or smoking allowed
  • Shop 1.2 miles, pub 0.3 miles
  • Note: Property is situated on a working farm with cows and machinery, please consider this when booking

The property

Ideally placed for exploring the delights of Cumbria and the dramatic moorlands of the Yorkshire Dales National Park is this elegant barn conversion, Dairy Cottage, situated on the outskirts of Kirkby Stephen.

Resting on a working farm, Dairy Cottage is a wonderful find for families seeking a rural base in which to explore the surrounding area, home to a plethora of walks, historical landmarks, cosy towns and villages.

Begin your Cumbrian adventure by stepping into the spacious kitchen/diner, where the contemporary fitted units are certain to entice the budding chef of the group to whip up some delicious meals by making use of the quality appliances, including an electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge/freezer, accompanied by a handy dishwasher.

Choose to dine upon the well-presented dining table, set up for four people or during a balmy evening, take dining outdoors onto the rear courtyard, where table and chairs are placed for you to catch the final glimpses of sunshine during the summer months.

Relax into your evening by heading up the staircase to the first floor, where the exposed beams frame the plush seating arrangement, the gas stove and the Smart TV, a great way to conclude your day before heading to bed.

The elegant interior design is continued into the two bedrooms, comprising of a ground-floor zip/link twin bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and a king-size double bedroom with an en-suite shower room, both offering a refreshing ambience to wake up to each morning.

Better acquaint yourself with your surroundings by taking a short trip into Kirkby Stephen, where you will be spoilt for choice by the selection of places to eat and drink, as well as a number of shops for picking up any last minute essentials and treats.

During summer afternoons, be sure to take a picnic to where “Frank’s Bridge” crosses the River Eden before meandering the cobbled streets within the town filled with quaint corners, vibrant floral displays and attractive gardens.

After refuelling at one of the many tearooms within the town look forward to exploring the magnitude of walking spots within the area, including the magnificent Howgill Fells or hop on a bike and cycle the famous Coast-to-Coast route.

Guests of Dairy Cottage can also look forward to exploring the walking routes upon the Yorkshire Dales, North Pennines and Lake District.

However, a slower-paced pastime can be had by enjoying the beautiful surroundings from the comfort of a traditional steam train with the famous Settle-Carlisle railway, crossing the remote regions of the Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines.

Alternatively, spend afternoons visiting the pretty villages of Nateby, Soulby and Ravenstonedale or head further afield to visit the towns of Penrith and Kendal, each one offering their own idyllic charm.

After a wonderful day of exploring, look forward to returning to Dairy Cottage for a well-deserved rest.

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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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