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Old Cottage

Nateby near Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 3607)



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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/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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80 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely appartment in beautiful quiet little village."

    We were greeted by lovely hosts, and we'd not hesitate to come back.

    Reviewed by TimOct 2021

  • "Location of the cottage is great it has easy access to the Lake District."

    The cottage is comfortable and quiet. There is a pub not more than a minute walk away which serves good food. The owners live next door, they made us very welcome when arrived.

    Reviewed by CaroleOct 2021

  • "A lovely cottage in a very small peaceful village."

    A perfect place to stay and explore the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.

    Reviewed by PaulaSep 2021

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Lovely and helpful owners are just next door to answer any questions if needed. Kitchen is a bit small, but has most of the stuff needed (although no washing machine). Fabulous location for walks. Local pub is friendly place and does great food

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Old Cottage, thank you."

    It had everything we expected and needed and was an ideal base for our walking holiday . If we were to be really picky..... it would be great if the shower was a bit more powerful. But it was still fine as is. Thank you again a lovely stay in a great cottage.

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2021

  • "We had a wonderful break and absolutely fantastic weather!"

    The cottage was clean, cosy, well equipped and the owner was really friendly and welcoming. Great location and we have no criticisms. The only thing we couldn't get to work perfectly was the fridge which wouldn't go as cool as we expected even when adjusted, but nothing went off except a few forgotten sausages so no real problem!

    Reviewed by ChristopherJul 2021

  • "I would have liked to have had a bigger freezer facility."

    the small freezer section of the lader fridge could not freeze coolbox blocks. some ice lollies melted. Generally this property has very high quality appointment - it is clear that the landlady cares a lot about it. Very pleasant conversations with owners.

    Reviewed by MarkJul 2021

  • "Lovely old cottage with a friendly owner who gave good advice about places to visit."

    Scenery in and around the village was amazing with interesting wildlife and a fantastic Victorian Railway Station nearby. Ideal location for walking or visiting historical sights. Will return here.

    Reviewed by AlastairJun 2021

  • "Friendly owner."

    Lovely village, shame pub was closed but it was due to lockdown. Would rebook

    Reviewed by RuthApr 2021

  • "The cottage was perfect for our family."

    *streams, walks a friendly donkey all minutes away (and a great local pub that seems very popular) *Best of both worlds as lakes and Yorkshire dales are close by. (wensleydale cheese factory, James Herriot museum are worth a visit. We booked an adventurous Ghyll Scramble in lakes) *local mountain walks for the bairns (nine standards Rigg) is a short drive away to start and Tourist info in Kirkby Stephen will have good guides to start you off (make the walk less strenuous as you can park quite high up in some areas *cottage was lovely and cosy. We had everything we needed plus WiFi was a bonus for the gadget hubby who brought the fire stick with him. Rainy day movies were easy to play. Owners have also left some DVDs too. *we packed some small games too (uno, dobble) *Forbidden Corner is also a recent fave and well worth travelling to (if you're a big kid) and do the kids treasure hunt.

    Reviewed by HelenAug 2020

  • "Plenty of walking for me and my dog, she really enjoyed it, would go again sometime."

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2020

  • "Lovely cottage within walking distance to pub."

    footpaths on doorstep with beautiful scenery.

    Reviewed by DonnaJul 2020

  • "Host were very attentive as times can be lots of information lovely village and ..."

    Host were very attentive as times can be lots of information lovely village and local pub brilliant but the situation of the cottage was perfect for our needs walking scenery and amenities close by

    Reviewed by PeterJul 2020

  • "The cottage is home from home, everthing you need , open fells for walking, interesting places to visit, a fantastric pub just 100 yards from the cottage where they serve really good food."

    Then back to the cottage and a comfy bed. This is our second stay at The Old Cottage, we would highley recommend a stay in this lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2019

  • "Lovely quirky cottage in a quiet location but within an easy journey of lots of interesting places to visit."

    Great walks in the local area particular the old railway trail and around Kirkby Stephen. We even managed a big walk up to Nine Standards Rigg -well worth it for the views. Leave the car and have a stroll!

    Reviewed by LisaJun 2019

  • "A lovely cosey cottage in a beautiful setting."

    The owners were lovely and live next door to the cottage. Nateby is a pretty little village with a nice dog friendly pub which serves the most fabulous meals. Very well placed for visiting the Lakes and Dales but lots of nice local walks too. Thoroughly recommended.

    Reviewed by VeronicaApr 2019

  • "Clean, comfortable cottage in an ideal location for exploring the Lake District and North Yorkshire."

    Pleasant, helpful owners. Cottage has everything you may need to make your stay enjoyable.

    Reviewed by DouglasMar 2019

  • "Nice quiet location ideal for trips out"

    Reviewed by EileenSep 2018

  • "Loved this holiday!"

    Really lovely owners who live next door and were on hand if needed but equally gave us our own space. Very quiet place to be but good attractions near by which we visited on recommendations from other customers and lovely to get away from busy lives for some peace to rest. Would definitely book again!

    Reviewed by HannahAug 2018

  • "Jenny and John the owners were very welcoming lovely people very friendly and chatty fantastic holiday cottage was great in its quirky way would recommend to anyone."

    Reviewed by MelodyAug 2018

  • "We had a great time visiting Cumbria and the Lake District these past 2 weeks."

    The cottage was exactly as described and was perfect for my wife and I along with our 2 boys, (12 & 9) On arrival we were met by the owner who showed us around the cottage and gave us some info on the local area, despite being right next door there was no intrusion and we were left to enjoy our break, as we began to unload the car, she said to the boys, these walls are 3 foot thick, make as much noise as you want :-). The cottage had everything we needed from a cooker and microwave to all of the utensils and pots and pans for those nights where we wanted to save a bit of cash and cook in. Bedding and towels were all provided, and on the middle Saturday we were asked if we wanted fresh and clean of everything. The upside down layout of the cottage was amusing to my youngest with the main bedroom and bathroom/shower on the ground floor and kitchen, living room and 2nd bedroom on the 1st floor. The living room was nice and homely and mid way through the holiday we were already dreading having to leave. If you want to want to eat out and have a few drinks, the Nateby Inn, which you can see from the front door of the cottage is a lovely place to spend an evening and have some good food. Im not a regular pub visitor but could happily sit in there for the evening. A short trip down the road is Kirkby Stephen which has some great little shops along with a Co-Op where you can get any bits and pieces you may need, should you need to do any washing there is a good launderette behind the chippy. If you fancy a breakfast I highly recommend the Mulberry Bush. The area as whole is stunning, we travelled out everyday taking in York to the east and then over to St Bees for the beach to the west whilst also taking a motor boat out on Coniston and Derwent and then walking/hiking up The Old Man of Coniston. If you are looking for somewhere to go with your family to see some of the bet sites the UK has to offer, then I would say you have to visit Cumbria and the Lakes and what better place to stay than the Old Cottage in Nateby, I have nothing but good memories of this trip and a few thousand photos.

    Reviewed by ChristopherJul 2018

  • "Our host Jenny and her husband were very friendly & helpful."

    Although not walkers we did venture out most days, we also visited many small villages & towns where we were welcomed. In particular we were welcomed warmly by the new owner of the Nateby Inn(Black Bull) not to be mistaken as the Black Bull in Kirby Stephen. Should the Nateby Inn's new owners ideas take off then the area should be well remembered by people dining and drinking there as they pass through or stay overnight.

    Reviewed by StephenJun 2018

  • "Lovely, quiet village, great owner, beautiful walks all around."

    Reviewed by LindaJun 2018

  • "We had a lovely warm welcome from the owners next door who were helpful in storing our bicycles for us in their garage."

    The house was very clean and the bedrooms neat and reasonably spacious for a small Cottage. The only drawback was the lack of a large enough space for the table for us 4 adults to all enjoy an evening meal together. The village is very lovely and quiet and full of birdsong at that time of year. Local cycling and walking is excellent, the scenery lovely , and we would definitely go back again.

    Reviewed by AngelaMay 2018

  • "A lovely cottage in a quiet hamlet."

    Friendly & helpful owners live in the attached cottage

    Reviewed by LeslieMay 2018

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and very good value, we would certainly use this accommodation again if I was staying in the area."

    The cottage was adjacent to open country with great walks. Good pub close by and the village of Kirkby Stephen was a pleasant walk away.

    Reviewed by RobertApr 2018

  • "Very Costa cottage"

    Reviewed by HubertMar 2018

  • "Lovely cottage in very picturesque village."

    Lovely walks on your doorstep! Owners very friendly and approachable. Area very dog friendly.

    Reviewed by HazelMar 2018

  • "A little disappointed with Old Cottage, it took untill the Sunday evening to get the heating sorted, not good when there is still snow on the ground outside, owners had control of heating, no thermostat in the cottage so had to keep resetting the radiators, only one tea towel, no oven dishes/trays these did arrive when asked, but should have been there from the start, NO oven gloves, which did not arrive, cottage comfortable, but could have been better."

    Location fine.

    Reviewed by DavidMar 2018

  • "The cottage was an upside down cottage ie bedroom bathroom downstairs and lounge and Kitchen with another bedroom upstairs, we kept going the wrong way very quirky but fun."

    Good position close to the Nateby Inn, who did some excellent meals, Kirby Stephen was only 5 minutes in the car, with numerous shops to refill your cupboard and that extra bottle of wine. The owners of the cottage Jenny & John were very friendly and living just next door if we needed anything, which we did not, as the cottage had everything we needed nice and warm, great shower and comfy beds, the WiFi worked really well. the area was nice and peaceful, small sitting out area at the front, and room for 1 car at the side of the cottage. we would certainly go back again. Thank you.

    Reviewed by TerranceSep 2017

  • "We loved the cottage and friendly people, absolute pleasure!"

    Reviewed by ChrisSep 2017

  • "If people wish to enjoy a quiet break in a well presented cottage, with great owners, in a quiet village, with very friendly locals and a hotel nearby which serves great food at a reasonable price, this is the place to go."

    I have no complaints, and I almost forgot the whole area is very dog friendly, with numerous walks. Also there are many small towns to visit within easy driving distance although some of the country roads are rather challenging, but enjoyable, with great scenery.

    Reviewed by GeorgeAug 2017

  • "The owners are very friendly people and can offer you ideas and information on the area,everything was ready early so was able to go straight in on arrival,a very good location for lakes and dales with great walks from the door,we took our small dog with us and he was welcomed everywhere, the local pub 2 min walk away is excellent for meals and dog friendly."

    We had a great holiday and would return again

    Reviewed by PaulJul 2017

  • "This is a wonderful well kept cottage."

    Perfect location for visiting the Dales and the Lakes.

    Reviewed by AnitaJun 2017

  • "I'm definitely going back and have already recommended both the cottage and the area in general to my family."

    We may make it a big family trip next time. The owner lives next door and was super friendly and accommodating. The cottage is stuffed with old world charm but up-to-date technology and cleanliness. It's right on the edge of a tiny village, just before the cattle grid and hills. So peaceful.

    Reviewed by RebeccaMay 2017

  • "Lovely cottage in stunning location."

    Very clean tidy and comfortable. Local facitlities good. Lovely friendly people. We will definitely return. A*****.

    Reviewed by AlexApr 2017

  • "A lovely old cottage located in a small, quiet village, but only a mile from the nearest town."

    Owners were very friendly and welcoming and the locals were also very friendly. Superb pub just a couple of minutes walk away. Lovely scenery all round and some superb walks.

    Reviewed by StuartOct 2016

  • "Obviously no adverse comment to make."

    the cottage is situated in a lovely village. the owners together with the locals were very friendly and accommodating. the cottage itself was excellent.

    Reviewed by GeorgeSep 2016

  • "We have been to the Old Cottage in Nateby for the last three years."

    The cottage has everything you need for a self accommodation holiday. It is spotlessly clean and the owners are very nice people and very helpful. Our grandaughter loves it as much as we do.

    Reviewed by RAug 2016

  • "This was my third visit to this Cottage and I hope to return again."

    I think this speaks for itself. The Cottage has everything you need for a holiday Cottage and everything is spotlessly clean. It is situated in a delightful village with easy access to so many different areas. The owners are friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by AnneJun 2015

  • "Beautiful area surrounding this pretty cottage and great for walking, bird-watching & nature lovers."

    Close to Kirkby Stephen for a variety of shops. The owner is very friendly & helpful, without being intrusive, and Old Cottage itself was very relaxing & peaceful.

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2014

  • "An absolutely brilliant place to stay."

    The owners/neighbours couldn't have been more accommodating or polite! Old Cottage is stunning - like a home from home. We will definitely go again and recommend to friends.

    Reviewed by KathrynAug 2014

  • "A lovely cottage within walking distance of the local pub."

    The owners were around if we needed them. Some lovely walks around the area.

    Reviewed by SusanJun 2014

  • "Very quiet location, in a wonderful area."

    Not far from the Lake district and the North Dales National Park. Walks are easy from the cottage. A wonderful and good restaurant at the end of the road (5 minutes by foot). I highly recommend this cottage! The area is splendid!

    Reviewed by MicheleApr 2014

  • "Lovely scenery and friendly people."

    Dog friendly pubs.

    Reviewed by JanetMar 2014

  • "A very cosy and comfortable cottage, very good location."

    Could walk from door for some wonderful country walks, also a very short walk to the local pub which was ideal over the New Year period. We arrived to find that all the beds had been made up, also the owner had very kindly provided some basic essentials which were also appreciated.

    Reviewed by RichardDec 2013

  • "Superb base for days out; comfortable and clean accommodation."

    The local pub serves good food.

    Reviewed by BettyOct 2013

  • "The location of the cottage was excellent, small quiet village with the most excellent pub just up the road."

    The food at the Nateby Inn was superb. We were very impressed with the standard of kitchen equipment, and the beds were clean and comfortable.

    Reviewed by BeverleySep 2013

  • "Very nicely decorated and furnished."

    Very cosy, felt like home from home. Perfectly situated as a base for exploring the countryside. Delicious food at the pub 50 paces up the road.

    Reviewed by DebbieAug 2013

  • "Ideal for touring the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales."

    Clean and comfortable cottage in a very nice location.

    Reviewed by GarryAug 2013

  • "Beautiful location away from the tourist bustle but close enough to travel to any of the places we wanted to see."

    Lovely comfortable cottage.

    Reviewed by JenniferAug 2013

  • "Quiet location, clean village, friendly people, within easy reach of shops, good base for walks and touring."

    Reviewed by PhilOct 2012

  • "In all, we had a wonderful holiday, the cottage was lovely and we would not hesitate to return in the future."

    Reviewed by Muti-urAug 2012

  • "I've stayed at this cottage for well over 10 years and the accommodation and setting are both superb."

    I've become a firm friend of the owner who is always very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by BrianJul 2012

  • "The cottage was excellent, well placed both for walking and touring."

    Very good meals at the village pub - only 100 yards away. The location was very quiet but only a mile from Kirkby Stephen with shops and a beautiful church.

    Reviewed by AlastairJun 2012

  • "The Eden Valley and the surrounding countryside were beautiful."

    There were lots of wonderful walks from the cottage and it was never necessary to drive far to access others. The owner of the cottage was both friendly and helpful about anything you needed to know.

    Reviewed by AnneMay 2012

  • "Very nice cottage, close to pub and the owners were very friendly!"

    Reviewed by KennethMay 2012

  • "The owners were brilliant and very helpful."

    This is our first time in Cumbria - the walking was excellent.

    Reviewed by DavidMar 2012

  • "The weather was good and the location ideal for our walking of sections of the Coast-to-Coast route, supported by ideal accommodation for my wife and I and our dog - thanks."

    Mr HaighMar 2012

  • "Great if you want to escape and be cut off from the rest of the world for a few days as we did."

    Reviewed by AndrewDec 2011

  • "Old cottage is a very comfortable and cosy cottage in an ideal location, with fantastic walks from the doorstep and everything you could possibly need is available in nearby village."

    Reviewed by GillianNov 2011

  • "The cottage was spotless and very nicely decorated."

    It was warm and cosy and had a "home from home" feel about it. The location was excellent with beautiful countryside and local walks. The owners lived next door and were friendly and helpful and even put a pint of milk in the fridge so we could have a cup of tea when we arrived. I have already recommended the cottage to a friend and I would not hesitate to book it again in the future.

    Reviewed by KateOct 2011

  • "It was a very nice location, ideal for sightseeing and walking."

    Quiet and peaceful. Pretty village. Would like to thank you for an excellent service. Will probably use this cottage again as it is close to our friend's in Appleby who we will want to visit again soon.

    Reviewed by LyndaAug 2011

  • "A very pleasant homely cottage and an ideal base."

    The owners are particularly nice warm and friendly.

    Reviewed by RobertAug 2011

  • "The village was ideally placed for both the Lakes and Yorkshire."

    The owners were polite and helpful and the cottage itself was comfortable. It has a nice walk into Kirkby Stephen and a long hill walk which I did either morning or night. Cannot recommend the location enough!

    Reviewed by JeanAug 2011

  • "The cottage owners were very friendly and the cottage conducive to a great holiday."

    Reviewed by LeslieJul 2011

  • "The cottage was as excellent as ever and I've stayed there for many years."

    Reviewed by BrianJul 2011

  • "A very peaceful setting with access to many other places."

    Reviewed by MargaretMay 2011

  • "A very comfortable cottage in a beautiful area."

    The owners are happy and friendly, they even left a fresh pint of milk for our arrival, very thoughtful.

    Reviewed by JanetApr 2011

  • "Good location, plenty of walks and drives directly from the house."

    The nearby pub served good food and the owners were also very pleasant.

    Reviewed by BrianMar 2011

  • "The owner was very warm and friendly, she gave us lots of tips about the village and the local area."

    Tea, coffee, sugar and milk were available when we arrived. The cleanliness of the cottage was exceptional, good information on the local area in the form of booklets and leaflets. The cottage was always warm and the water was always hot when we needed it and an electric fire was available at all times in the lounge.

    Reviewed by TrevorFeb 2011

  • "Exactly what we were looking for with regard location."

    Owner was very friendly and welcoming and the cottage was lovely.

    Mr & Mrs Foard & MasseyOct 2010

  • "The location of the cottage was great, there was plenty to do for the whole family."

    Reviewed by DebbieAug 2010

  • "The upgrade of the lounge with new settees and TV make the property even more comfortable than before."

    Reviewed by BrianJul 2010

  • "We wanted to be able to relax and chill out this was an excellent place to do that."

    It was good for walks and animal friendly for pets under control. The owner is very friendly and helpful, living next door. The area is within easy reach of the Lakes and the Yorkshire Dales.

    Reviewed by AnneJun 2010

  • "Clean, comfortable, charming cottage."

    More than adequate for holidays.

    Reviewed by GeoffreyMay 2010

  • "A good place to start our walks."

    Owner next door was very welcoming.

    Reviewed by TerenceMay 2010

  • "We have never stayed anywhere in 33 years that has been of such high standards re cleanliness."


    Reviewed by JennyMay 2010

  • "The location!"

    Very friendly and helpful owner. Good value for what we paid.

    Reviewed by DavidMar 2010

  • "Great area for walkers."

    Kirkby Stephens is a very friendly town.

    Reviewed by JenniferFeb 2010

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The property

A delightful stone-built semi-detached cottage in the centre of the pretty rural village of Nateby, a mile from the market town of Kirkby Stephen.

This Cumbria cottage provides warm, cosy accommodation with an unusual upside down layout, with the sitting room, kitchen and one bedroom on the first floor, and the shower room and second bedroom on the ground floor.

In a lovely rural setting, the cottage is just a stone's throw from the centre of the village, with its quaint old houses and traditional local inn.

Nearby Kirkby Stephen offers a wide array of shops, restaurants and pubs, while the Settle-Carlisle Railway line, the Howgill Fells, and the majestic Pendragon Castle - of Arthurian Legend - are all close by.

A lovely Nateby cottage in a wonderful location, with both the Lake District and Dales National Parks within easy reach.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x ground floor double, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin & WC
  • First floor kitchen with dining area
  • First floor sitting room.
  • Oil central heating with electric heater in sitting room
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge, TV, DVD, CD player/cassette/radio, WiFi
  • Fuel & power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot & highchair available
  • One off road parking space, ample roadside parking to front of cottage
  • Small sitting out area in front of cottage
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Small shop 2 mins walk, pub 2 mins walk.

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About the location


Kirkby Stephen 1 mile.

The pretty, rural village of Nateby is the gateway to Swaledale and the Mallerstang Edge Moors located near the confluence of the River Eden, just over 1 mile from Kirkby Stephen. Something of a sleepy backwater, the village boasts a traditional old pub, a petrol station which serves as the village shop and a scattering of dwellings and farmsteads built from the local Brockram stone. The traditional market town of Kirkby Stephen, once home to bobbin mills today hosts a variety of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs for every taste and budget. Enjoy many excellent walks and cycle routes nearby, explore the magnificent Howgill Fells or visit the Settle to Carlisle railway line. 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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