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Hillside Farm

(Ref. 951600)

Wharton near Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • fantastic (7)

31 Customer Reviews

  • "21st October 2023 I would have given 5 stars but unfortunately we had an issue with no heating for the first two days."

    It was sorted out as soon as possible. Malcolm and the plumber were very helpful, but I had contacted Sykes before we arrived to check about the heating as a previous customer had said it had been an issue. The front and back door locks and the fridge door could have done with a little maintenance (also previously mentioned.) I do have to say tho we would return. Hillside Farm is a fabulous, spacious and clean property. The bedrooms and ensuites were huge with lots of storage space. Large kitchen and the two conservatories were a bonus ( so much room to spread out.) There are two garages available to be used with access from the utility room. We visited at half term in October but I would imagine in summer it would be great for children. There is an enclosed back garden overlooked by fields and sheep. Young children obviously would have to be supervised near the pond at the front as that was open access, but there were lots of rabbits and birds to watch. Kirkby Stephen was a short drive away with a large Co op, but Kendal was the nearest town with a Morrison's, Aldi etc. and more facilities. The train from Kirkby Stephen to Carlisle was a good day out and there are lots of walks nearby. I would recommend this property and would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Lesley4.7Oct 2023



    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Apr 2023

  • "Great family accommodation, with lots of space to spread out."

    Beds really comfortable and lots of space to hang clothes. Views from each conservatory lovely and even though weather wasn't great it was relaxing to watch the storm clouds moving over the hills. Lots of walking from the house and close by in a car. Kirby Stephens short car ride away and nice to walk round. Definitely would book again if we can get the family together.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Oct 2022

  • "Hillside Farm is a beautiful holiday cottage; it is enormous with loads of space for families of all ages; very well equipped and absolutely spotless."

    The pond and garden provided endless entertainment for our two grandsons, aged 9 and 3. Amazing place. We mentioned a couple of minor issues on our last day to the cleaner; the large fridge has a faulty door seal so doesn't stay shut - we worked round this by inserting a little piece of cardboard against the frame, but should be seen to. The front conservatory door is beyond difficult to lock; my husband managed it with me lifting the door handle slightly on the inside and him doing similar on the outside but was mighty hard to get the lock to connect. We had keys for other doors, so avoided that door - not a major problem for us, but again probably should be seen to. Neither issue in any way impaired our holiday experience, just little inconveniences.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2022

  • "A fantastic property in a superb location."

    Very spacious and is well kitted out.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2022

  • "After a problem with key collection, which was dealt with very well with Sykes, the whole stay was wonderful."

    This is an amazing house in a lovely location. Very comfortable and spacious with everything you could want. Lovely walks available locally. We hope to return.

    Reviewed by Michele4.7Nov 2021

  • "Beautiful house and had everything we’d expect."

    Bedroom blinds were wicker and not very effective, but a minor point!

    Reviewed by Rachel4.7Aug 2021

  • "The house and gardens were amazing!"

    We all loved the space inside and outside and all the extra touches like books, toys for young children and dvds. Great family memories made.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Jun 2021

  • "Cumbria is simply stunning."

    A photographer's dream. Quiet country roads and views for miles. House had all necessary amenities to live in. Kitchen was well stocked. Biscuits were a lovely touch - thumbs up from the kids! Hide and seek was a blast! Only negative was need thicker blinds - up at sunrise every day!

    Reviewed by Louise4.7May 2021

  • "No heating in one of the bedrooms and wi go was not good."

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Oct 2020

  • "Hillside farm was a massive accommodation Everything you would need to cook your meals Chilling out is so easy because there was so much space and it was so peaceful."

    We will definitely be going back the garden area was immense. It’s just a pity they don’t allow dogs as both our daughters & family have a dog each and it would have been fabulous to share this place with them. I fully understand why no dogs are allowed but all that was missing from my holiday was the rest of the family. It would have been fantastic to all stay there. But it won’t put me off booking again

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2020

  • "Hillside farm was beautiful the house was lovely didn't want to leave would definitely come back in a drop of a hat"

    Reviewed by George5.0Sep 2020

  • "The lodge was lovely, very clean and was perfect for the family."

    Plenty of space and rooms for people who want peace and quiet from the rest of the family. The location was great for exploring the countryside with plenty of walking trails and driving locations. I would definitely recommend for any groups.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Aug 2020

  • "Lovely place."

    High specs. Friendly management. Really enjoyed the break.

    Reviewed by Tauqir5.0Aug 2020

  • "The house is amazing."

    You get a fantastic amount of space. Very quiet and peaceful, with lots of wildlife in the garden. Would highly recommend staying at Hillside Farm.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jul 2020

  • "The farmhouse far exceeded our expectations."

    It is a beautiful large comfortable well equipped property. I could not pick a single fault with our 7 night stay. We will definately be returning during the warmer months when we can benifit from the huge garden and surrounding countryside walks. We had a couple of issues but I would like to thank Niki the housekeeper for dealing with our calls and text so efficiently. She could not do enough for us and this was duly noted and much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Michele5.0Feb 2020

  • "The images on the website didn't do this house justice."

    It was absolutely huge!! A great sized family home for a large party of people. The only thing that I would change is the lighting. Some of the rooms had warm lighting and lamps and other rooms had the harsh, bright lighting, which was not great.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Dec 2019

  • "This is the second time we have stayed at this property and absolutely love it."

    Beautiful views, off the beaten track, but close to a major road. Pure luxury and plenty of room to be together or off on your own. We will no doubt be back for a third time soon. :D

    Reviewed by Marylyn5.0Dec 2019

  • "This is a fantastic property in a beautiful location."

    Undoubtedly the most spacious property we have stayed in, difficult not to be impressed. Completely relaxing.

    Reviewed by Bryan5.0Oct 2019

  • "The property is outstanding, really deserves a five star rating !"

    Extremely spacious in every respect, rooms are very large with excellent en-suite facilities in each bedroom. The house is very well stocked with plenty of cutlery, crockery and a wide selection of various glasses. Sitting room is spacious but really comfortable and very cosy when log burner is on. Grounds around property are large and comfortable and extremely well kept. Excellent location within easy reach of both Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. Overal a fantastic break in a top class house !

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Oct 2019

  • "The cottage was absolutely wonderful and had everything that you could have ..."

    The cottage was absolutely wonderful and had everything that you could have needed in a beautiful location ,even had a local lady who came and did massages and facials in the cottage

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Sep 2019

  • "Really a five star property."

    Flowers and wine on arrival and lots of little extra comforts provided - all very thoughtful.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jul 2019

  • "An enormous and luxurious house!"

    Reviewed by Clare4.7Apr 2019

  • "Gorgeous house, had everything you could want for a perfect holiday, great for family groups and get togethers."

    Superb kitchen with all the amenities needed for family meals or dinner parties, wonderful location would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Lynda4.7Apr 2019

  • "Wow- just wow!"

    Hillside Farm is beautiful. An exceptional stay.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Feb 2019

  • "The farm exceeded our expectations"

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Dec 2018

  • "The house is in a beautiful area of Cumbria with lovely scenes of countryside from every window."

    Nothing has been left to chance, everything needed is here in this beautiful home with any assistance needed at the end of the phone. So comfortable, it would suit any family or group of friends, this was a 'REAL FIND'.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Nov 2018

  • "Had a fantastic week at Hillside Farm we were very sad to leave, the house is amazing , Thank you to the owner for providing a wonderful place to stay and thank you to Niki the housekeeper who made it feel so welcoming and cosy ."

    This house and it's surroundings definitely has the wow factor, we have already booked to return next May . Everything was perfect !!!!

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Oct 2018

  • "This house offered the very best in accommodation and comfort set in beautiful surroundings for a family gathering."

    Exceeded my expectations, so thank you to all concerned.

    Reviewed by William5.0Oct 2018

  • "We had the most amazing holiday at hillside farm."

    Its so beautiful and peaceful.we were sad to leave and can't wait to go back.

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Jun 2018

  • "The house was absolutely amazing."

    Very well equippet and very spaceious. Our children enjoyed watching the trains coming past the house (roughly 1 per hour between 7 and 7). The windows are very good, so you don't really hear them. Very rual, stunning views and a lot of sheeps in the surrounding fields. Very friendly and helpful housekeeper.

    Reviewed by Estelle5.0Mar 2018

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double with en-suite bath, shower, basin and WC, 2 x king-size double with en-suite bath (one is Jacuzzi), shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin with en-suite bath, shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility room with washing machine and dryer
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Front and back sun rooms with dining areas
  • All bedrooms have hair dryers.
  • Oil-powered underfloor heating with woodburning stove
  • Four ovens with two warming drawers, microwave combination, five-ring gas hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer, TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Enclosed lawned garden with patio
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 3 miles
  • Note: Small number of steps from sun room to patio and from patio to lawn area
  • Note: Property includes a front pond, children should be supervised

The property

Kirkby Stephen 3 miles.

Situated conveniently between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District National Park, this stunning four-bedroom detached house in the village of Wharton near to Kirkby Stephen makes an ideal base for a large family to explore the region.

Wonderfully presented with a spacious interior, this holiday home is a magnificent choice for a getaway to remember.

The entrance hallway leads through to a selection of rooms, complete with everything you need to relax in style, from a one-of-a-kind kitchen to a heart-warming lounge.

Spend your mornings at the lovely breakfast bar, then gather your family for a meal after the sun sets, ending with a cosy night in front of the woodburner.

With two sun rooms at the back and front of the property, set some time aside to admire the rural views that lie almost on your doorstep, a pleasant backdrop to wake up to.

The second floor is home to three King size bedrooms, each designed to the highest of standards, with beautiful en-suite bathrooms and a luxury feel that flows from one room to the next.

The twin bedroom joins the formation, ideal for children or friends to relax after an adventure filled afternoon.There is also a ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC.

Be at one with the scenic landscape, whilst sipping a refreshing drink on the patio, or stroll into the delightful village.

Laced with 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.

The traditional market town hosts a variety of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs for every taste and budget.

A home away from home for the whole family.

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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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