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Dairy Cottage

Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1052158)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
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25 Customer Review(s)

  • “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.

    - Mohammad, November 2021

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 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.


  • 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, 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

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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 and the stunning Yorkshire Dales at your fingertips.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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