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


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

Reviews & Ratings

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49 Customer Reviews

  • "We were warmly welcomed by the owner to this lovely, cosy cottage in a very pretty village."

    It sleeps 4 comfortably and has large, roomy rooms, with a number of appliances: washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave. The kitchen is well equipped. And we enjoyed the home made cakes that were left for us. The shared rear garden is large and private and can be secured if necessary. We found it was easier to let the dog out onto the front for a quick visit if necessary as that is easily secured by a garden gate. We managed to get the free-sat working by wiggling a cable, so we had sufficient television to watch for our very short stay when we weren't out and about exploring the area, for which Ravenstonedale is very well placed. Our only niggle was we couldn't get the radiator to work in the double bedroom and the windows are very draughty, so it was a bit chilly in there. No doubt had we been staying longer, the owner would have fixed it for us had we asked. The king size mattress seems to be an orthopedic mattress too, which might suit some but not others. We had a lovely stay, though, and would visit again.

    Reviewed by Diane4.1Mar 2024

  • "The property is lovely."

    Very comfortable and warm. The garden is large and well maintained, and there are beautiful views of the countryside all around. Though it is not enclosed. It is so quiet. It's in a lovely little village. The only shops are in Kirkby Stephen or further, but we did see a supermarket delivery van in the village. The description says the main bed is a double, but we were very happy to discover that it is actually king size. There is a washing machine and dryer, which is brilliant. And the shower was great. A couple of little niggles: The pans are scratched to pieces and desperately need replacing. The cooking utensils look about 50 years old. Only 1 small window opens in the main bedroom. The other 2 wouldn't budge. The TV only gets about 20 channels. There is a box that I'm assuming gives access to the others, but I couldn't get it to do anything. The batteries were working and all the wires were in place, but nothing was happening. Don't know if the remote was broken. I mentioned it to the lady, who said her son-in-law sorts that out. But then we heard nothing more. They could do with installing a smart TV, or a Roku or similar, so you can at least watch catch up, or log into your own accounts. The property is cared for to a very high standard. Would definitely like to return. Out of interest, there is a funny hallway running almost the length of the property. It is completely wasted space at the moment. I would suggest the owners move the dresser out of there and make it a dining room. Currently the table is squashed up in the living room. It would make much more sense to give more room to sit around the table, which is currently impossible without moving the sofas. And it would give the hallway a purpose.

    Reviewed by Katy4.7Mar 2024

  • "The directions were accurate, access was easy and ample car parking, the property was very well equipped ,warm and comfortable."

    Lovely quiet walks from the door, the hosts, Mr & Mrs Ellis, were always helpful and available, thank you. Anne & Roger.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Dec 2023

  • "This is a lovely cottage and much more spacious than it looks in the photos."

    It was warm and cosy. The hosts were delightful and made us very welcome. We would have no hesitation in booking it again.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Nov 2023

  • "A lovely well appointed cottage in a great location."

    2 great pubs doing lovely meals and a good selection of beers etc. Great walks everyday apart from 1( storm Babet). We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Carol4.7Oct 2023

  • "We were pleasantly surprised with the size of the property, it was lovely and cosy at the same time."

    The king size bed was very comfortable. It was perfect for us with all we needed and the owners were very friendly and willing to help. The property is in a quaint little village perfectly situated to visit both the lakes and the dales. The fat lamb Inn just down the road serves great food and is dog friendly. All in all a great peaceful, beautiful place to stay.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Oct 2023

  • "William and June were really great hosts loved staying at the cottage and the village Everything was great"

    Thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by William5.0Sep 2023

  • "A superb, comfortable cottage with a lot more space than is apparent from the website."

    Owners next door are very friendly and helpful and the view from the back garden is spectacular. Two good pubs within a few minutes walk and another a short drive or 35 min walk. Both pubs in the village do good food and serve real ale. The Kings Head is the best value, whilst the Black Swan is a bit more expensive, reflecting the type cuisine. A lovely location, especially now that the heather is purple. Several interesting small towns within easy reach.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Sep 2023

  • "What a lovely property everything you would have wanted we loved our stay ..."

    What a lovely property everything you would have wanted we loved our stay and the lovely property owners lived next door apart from the weather we had a lovely time would highly reccamend 10 out of 10 rog and shirl

    Reviewed by Roger4.7Aug 2023

  • "Oaklea a faultless cottage, it has friendly owners & lovely walks from the door."

    We've had a lovely week & this cottage has been added to our revisit list. We saw a red squirrel several times from the lounge.... a definite highlight !

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Aug 2023

  • "There is ZERO mobile phone coverage in this area for at least 3-4 miles."

    This means we couldn't order food or book restaurants and had to drive miles out or way to have even a simple meal. There is insufficient smoke detectors fitted in the property (there's ONE) and given the size of the property there should certainly be far more: also Carbon Monoxide detectors as there were NONE. The propery is located in a position that is, even with the experience of two seasoned drivers, remote and difficult to negociate (see lack of mobile coverage). I would not recommend any of my friends to stay here as it is far too remote. The broadband was surprisingly good but the absolute lack of ANY basic (even 3G) mobile coverage was shocking. I would also suggest that they update the television to include services like Netflix -- this would cost them NOTHING as the guests could log into their own account -- but this was not remotely possible unless they chose to watch on their tablets via broadband.

    In the fifteen years we have been renting out Oaklea I have never replied to a comment but I am incensed to fo do this time. First and most important is the comment no carbon Monoxide detector in the property but this is untrue it has always been in the utility room on a shelf. On the fire detector being only one it is in the hall between the kitchen and bedrooms and there are two outside doors to the bungalow. As for Ravenstonedale being a remote village we are seven miles from theM6 and approximately the same from the A66; most visitors comments are it is a beautiful village with 2 pubs within walking distance and another 1mile away. The telephone signal if not EE or Vodophone is not good but that is a government problem. We have no landline we both use mobile phones. As for experienced drivers these are some of the quietest roads in England so how does he manage in town traffic. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Greg3.4Jul 2023

  • "An excellent holiday cottage in a delightful village, with fabulous walks right from the doorstep."

    The property is very spacious, extremely comfortable and immaculate throughout. In real life, we thought it was better than the photographs. Lots of cupboard and storage space in the kitchen, bedrooms and bathroom, which from our experience can be a problem in some holiday lets. Excellent private carparking facilities at the rear. Table and chairs at the front of the cottage and also in the large back garden for your use – we very much enjoyed using both with a lovely glass of wine. Were fortunate to meet the owners, who are so so friendly. A very enjoyable holiday in beautiful accommodation.

    Reviewed by Joan5.0May 2023

  • "We had a wonderful week at Oaklea in Ravenstonedale."

    The cottage was perfect, just as described, well equipped and beautifully clean. Ravenstonedale is a gorgeous village, peaceful yet near to larger villages and small towns. Two lovely pubs in the village and The Fat Lamb is a great one to visit an easy stroll away. There are so many walks straight from the cottage door so we actually didn't explore the surrounding area as we intended so would love to come back for longer next time.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely property, very comfy bed and everything you could want"

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Feb 2023

  • "The cottage was perfect for us, lovely and clean as well as being superbly equipped."

    The beds were really comfortable and there was no noise from anywhere to disturb our sleep. The only thing that spoiled our holiday was the constant wet weather but given the time of year that was always a risk. We would highly recommend this cottage to anyone and we hope to return in future .

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Nov 2022

  • "Warm, comfortable, clean and spacious cottage in a lovely village with plenty of walks from the doorstep and a great pub (the Kings Head) within half a mile."

    Reviewed by David4.7Oct 2022

  • "Oaklea was well situated both for walks from the front door as well as travel to Kirkby Stephen and beyond."

    The cottage was roomy and comfortable and other than a sometimes unreliable Wi-Fi, was well equipped with everything you could need. Owners lived next door so were on hand but not intrusive. For family reasons we left early but would like to think we will return.

    Reviewed by Jo4.7Sep 2022

  • "A real home from home with everything you could need."

    immaculately clean with a large garden available to use looking directly over fields and fells Plenty of parking on site, pub just down the road and loads of walks from the doorstep. Very friendly, helpful and approachable owners. would definitely return and recommend.

    Reviewed by Nicki5.0Aug 2022

  • "Great cottage in a fabulous location."

    Owners very friendly and helpful. Well kept, spacious and comfortable cottage with a pub and hotel nearby both of which serve good food and drinks. One tiny addition of some pint beer glasses would be good otherwise we couldn’t fault it. Will definitely be back again.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Jun 2022

  • "We found the property to be excellent."

    Owners very nice and friendly. Large garden which we could use provided lovely views to the surrounding countryside. Lovely peaceful area with easily accessible routes to The Lakes or The Dale's. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jun 2022

  • "Location was absolutely superb, quiet and peaceful, but would stress that a car is necessary as unsure about local public transport services, plus the lack of a village shop."

    The cottage was everything as described, including a very useful utility room at the rear of the property. A very well equipped kitchen with everything that you need, a comfortable living/dining room and two excellent bedrooms. One small thing that would have been very usefull in the double bedroom would have been a shallow step to enable easier access to the bed for those who are shorter in stature, or with mobility issues. ( It had a very deep mattress !!)Plenty of space for clothes and a comfortable bed. A useful addition in the bathroom, was the separate shower cubicle. Everything considered, a very comfortable stay and would certainly recommend to others.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Feb 2022

  • "Spacious and comfortable and in a lovely location."

    Very snug and warm with a tiled utility room to dry our wet walking gear and wet dog! Owners next door were welcoming and chatty.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Feb 2022

  • "Absolutely excellent cottage and garden."

    Despite mainly having rain we walked from the door every day to explore the surrounding area. No need to use the car...and the dog loved it. Owners next door were very friendly and helpful. Hopefully we will be back Thanks

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Oct 2021

  • "What a lovely spacious cottage And the owners are very friendly what a lovely cpl"

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2021

  • "Really nice cottage in beautiful situation."

    Friendly owners.

    Reviewed by George5.0Aug 2021

  • "Beautiful location."

    Charming owners.Extremely clean. Very comfortable. Fabulous place to get away from it all. A village with two lovely welcoming pubs. Dog friendly. We did nit want to come home ,says it all. Thank you

    Reviewed by Patrick5.0Jul 2021

  • "Great location in a very pretty village with lovely walks all around."

    Very well equipped and comfortable cottage and a lovely garden with great views. The Kings Head pub great for food and drinks and The Black Swan Hotel also great. The owners of cottage friendly and helpful. The Howgill Fells are fabulous for walking and views. We will definitely be coming back.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Jun 2021

  • "A lovely, clean bungalow which is a 5 minute walk from 2 excellent pubs and in a quiet area."

    Owners are lovely and friendly and we had a great week. Only improvements would be more glasses as if using the dishwasher there isn't enough. Would return if wanting a quiet break away from it all.

    Reviewed by Jo4.7Oct 2020

  • "The overall quality of the acommodation was excellent and exceeded our expectations."

    Through many dacades of self catering holidays we would rate this place in the top two. The claenliness was exeptional, giving us great confidence in the facility during the Covid situation. Our only regret is that we had to leave early due to a work comittment, but this place is firmly on our radar for a return visit.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Sep 2020

  • "Extremely clean and spacious and a delightful place to stay."

    Mr and Mrs Ellis are friendly and very helpful owners. Lovely village and excellent walking if you like to avoid the crowds. Within easy reach of both Sedbergh and Kirkby Stephen.

    Reviewed by amanda5.0Aug 2020

  • "Exceptionally clean, considerable thought had gone into post-Covid preparations."

    Spoke to owner outdoors on arrival, and occasionally in passing during the week. A welcome change of scene in a very comfortable cottage.

    Reviewed by Bryan5.0Jul 2020

  • "Quiet setting with good walks for our dog."

    The owner's we're on site to give advice when asked but were in no way intrusive, very relaxing break.

    Reviewed by Frank4.7Jan 2020

  • "Location: easy access from M6 and there are many good walks within a short distance."

    Although there are no shops in the village, the Black Swan has very good quality dining and is less than 10 minute walk. Kirkby Stephen is about a 10 minute drive and has a good range of shops. The house is extremely well equipped and to a high standard. All the rooms are a good size and the kitchen facilities excellent. Wifi works well and parking is easy. The location is quiet and the house itself is very comfortable. Sykes should make it clear that there is a good supply of towels and tea towels, despite what it states in their emails. It would also be helpful to correct the location information on Google which has the house in the wrong place.

    Reviewed by Angus4.7Oct 2019

  • "Location would be better suited to Walkers and Cyclist more than just people going out for a day."

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2019

  • "Limited hot water for showers and very hard towels to dry ourselves on if I’d known I would of taken my own ."

    Plus we invited my son to stay but owners didn’t seem to pleased thought we had rented the cottage not the bedrooms ☹️

    Reviewed by Roy3.4May 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful location."

    Very clean and comfortable. Fantastic weather made it even better!

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7Feb 2019

  • "No phone signal around cottage."

    Bit of a issue. Good WiFi however.

    Reviewed by Winifred4.4Feb 2019

  • "The cottage is really well equipped and spotlessly clean."

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jan 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage in a beautiful location."

    The cottage was very clean and comfortable . Next door to friendly helpful owners. There are two excellent pubs in the village . It's also a great area for walking much quieter than the Lakes .

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Sep 2018

  • "Oaklea was a very good cottage, perfect for walkers & dog owners."

    Spotlessly clean & well equipped. Two very good dog friendly local pubs. Howgill fells & Wild boar within walking distance.

    Reviewed by Raymond5.0Apr 2018

  • "Another absolutely superb property of Sykes."

    The owners of Oaklea have been renting out their property for a long time and therefore knew exactly what people wanted. Ravenstonedale is in a wonderful central position for exploring this lovely area.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Apr 2018

  • "Oaklea was a lovely place to stay and the owners very friendly and helpful."

    But three time now I have booked a holiday with Sykes using a discount voucher on line, and each time I have had to ring and chase up the refund due. Once is forgivable, twice is incompetent and three times makes me angry.

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Feb 2018

  • "Beautiful location, perfect cottage little touches such as dog blankets and cakes on arrival were fabulous."

    Will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.6Feb 2018

  • "A lovely cottage with friendly owners living next door."

    Quite remote, so own transport essential. Only issue is lack of choice of freeview channels for wet evenings.

    Reviewed by David4.4Aug 2017

  • "Friendly and accommodating owners."

    Clean, warm and homely bungalow. Wonderful place to stay, we got back yesterday and have already rebooked.

    Reviewed by Kerrie5.0Dec 2016

  • "Spacious, spotlessly clean and very well equipped cottage."

    Beautiful location, lovely local pubs. The owners are thoughtful and very considerate of privacy.

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Dec 2016

  • "Lovely cosy cottage, close to 2 excellent pubs in an extremely attractive village"

    Reviewed by Penny5.0Nov 2016

  • "Another great Sykes cottage."

    Super accommodation and very welcoming and helpful hosts.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2016

  • "A lovely spacious cottage with very nice welcoming owners next door."

    Very warm & clean. Great location to explore the Dales & the Lakes with super pubs on the doorstep.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Oct 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with dining area and electric fire.
  • Oil central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Lawned garden with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 5 miles, pub 3 mins walk.

The property

Kirkby Stephen 5 miles.

A cosy semi-detached cottage in a beautiful village location in Ravenstonedale, with views across the village green.

This Ravenstondale cottage is set at the foot of the Howgills, in a beautiful quiet part of Cumbria, with both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks within easy distance.

This single-storey Ravenstonedale cottage offers spacious accommodation, along with an extensive lawned garden to relax and make the most of this tranquil location.

The charming village of Ravenstonedale is the perfect place to stay, with excellent gastropubs, a 9-hole golf course and tennis courts.

The bustling market town of Kirkby Stephen is just 10 minutes’ drive away, and has some superb butchers and bakers where you can purchase delicious local produce to take back to this lovely Ravenstonedale cottage.

Pooley Bridge, on the shores of Ullswater Lake, is just 40 minutes’ drive away, and is a perfect place to admire the stunning scenery of the Lake District.

The pretty village of Hawes, set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, is 17 miles away, with plenty of scenic picnic places en route, making it a perfect destination for a day out.

This Ravenstonedale cottage is ideally placed to explore both National Parks, with the added benefits of staying in a pretty English village with excellent facilities.

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About the location


Kirkby Stephen 5 miles; Sedbergh 10 miles.

The tranquil village of Ravenstonedale lies at the foot of the Howgill Fells, quietly situated within the newly extended Yorkshire Dales National Park. A delightful rural village with a thriving local community and many traditional old dwellings, Ravenstonedale boasts a charming Parish Church and the remains of the old Gilbertine Priory. Hill farming is the principal means of income in the area and an agricultural show is still held once a year, echoing days gone by when both markets and fairs were held in the village. Once described by the famous author, A Wainwright, as one of Westmorland’s loveliest villages, the area boasts many walking, horse riding and cycling routes, whilst the nearby attractions provide something for everybody. Visit the Settle to Carlisle Railway Line, the magnificent Howgill Fells and the stunning Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks. A superb location at any time of the year.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas