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The Old Byre

(Ref. 972250)

Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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41 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage, nice comfy beds."

    Everything we needed was there. Loved our stay.

    Thank you for your positive comments! Hope to welcome you back again some time Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jan 2024

  • "A beautiful charming cottage, in a lovely quiet setting!"

    We are a family of six, and there was plenty of room to enjoy each other’s company (with it being open plan), or take time out in the very spacious bedrooms. The cottage had everything you could possibly need. we visit the lakes at least twice a year and there is always that “something” missing., hats off to the owners attention to detail. There is a very welcoming pub (sandford arms) within walking distances, serving nice food. I would definitely recommend The Old Brye to family and friends, and hope to visit again in the future. Pat & family.

    Thank you for a lovely review! We do try to think of everything you might need. Hoping we can welcome you back again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Dec 2023

  • "Lovely, very clean comfortable cottage!"

    Neighbours friendly and to say there were so many properties in the courtyard there no noise! Pub within walking distance very friendly and good food! Definitely recommend!

    Thank you for your lovely comments! Hope you return very soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Sep 2023

  • "Only a minor comment, the bath and basin waste outlets need some maintenance, other than that everything was excellent, and as stated on the website."

    Thank you for feedback, so glad you enjoyed your stay. Also thank you for raising the issue with the bath and basin…. We are doing some maintenance in a few weeks time, this will go on our ‘to do’ list! Thank you for bringing it to our attention. Look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Sep 2023

  • "Everything was perfect ,they thought of everything you could possibly use Excellent"

    Thank you for taking the time to send a review. We appreciate your lovely comments! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lucia5.0Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful place, wonderful home!"

    Definitely recommend!!!

    Thank you so much for your positive feedback. Look forward to you coming back in the future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alexandr5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely barn conversion."

    Will hopefully book again in the future

    Thanks for your lovely feedback. Hope you return soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Aug 2023

  • "Wow a fantastic cottage, Very clean, cosy, everything you need, beautiful!"

    !! The cottage is amazing and the neighbours are so friendly. The cottage is situated at the top of the village, no through road so hardly any traffic. So quite, stunning scenery and beautiful walks down the river. Very friendly owners! My daughter forgot her cuddly toy elephant, i contacted the holiday company and the owners rang me to tell them they had found it! They went out if thier way to help return it! Heather the amazing cleaner contacted me for my address and the toy arrived within days! Honestly can't fault the cottage or the village with an amazing friendly pub just down the road! We travel alot around Britain for holidays as we would never leave the dogs and this cottage and holiday has been unforgettable! With appleby and kirby stephen just minutes away by car and Penrith a large shopping centre 30 minutes away! A beautiful day trip to pooley bridge! Amazing 5 * cottage!!

    Thank you for a fantastic review! We were more than happy to help, although Heather deserves all the credit for that! Glad you love The Old Byre as much as we do. Hope you will stay again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage, very clean."

    Everything what you need is there. We were positively surprised.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback! We appreciate all your comments. Hope to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Artur5.0Apr 2023

  • "Very nice holiday cottage."

    We have stayed in quite a few and this was the best we have had

    Thank you for your positive feedback! Lovely to hear you enjoyed your stay so much. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Mar 2023

  • "We’ve stayed at the Byre a number of times over the last 20yrs and love the place like a second home, so please don’t ever change it."

    It was nice to see the familiar furnishings a decor, though a new stool seems to have appeared now. The facilities were all in good working order and clean. As usual for us, we didn’t sleep in the beds, we use sleeping bags on top of the beds, but still put most of the bedding to wash (not the fitted sheets), which had seen skin contact. Only one recommendation from us, is to replace the cooking knife set as they are well used, don’t sharpen particularly well and not the most robust of knife sets. Sadly we came home 2 days early as I was battling a very heavy cough from the 2nd day onwards, which was only getting worse. Despite that, we got several days in the Byre, with the fire to gather round and enjoyed the views from the windows. Thanks so much, we plan to book again for next year, but will have to see how finances pan out first, given the current financial crisis in the UK.

    Thank you for your feedback and lovely comments. Glad to hear that you have returned to the Byre a number of times over the years! We do try to keep the feel of the place the same, although we have replaced quite a bit of furniture over the years. We will certainly look at replacing the knives now that it’s been brought to our attention. Sorry to hear that you had to leave early due to illness. Hoping you are now recovered and look forward to welcoming you back in the future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Nov 2022

  • "Fabulous property, friendly neighbours, walks from the door and only a few hundred yards to lovely dog friendly pub."

    Great stay thank you.

    Thank you for for your positive feedback! Come back any time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a great stay at the old byre."

    The property is well cared for and very clean. The location is great for exploring the local area. Just one thing which we found a bit much - there are a lot of instructions from the owner, which are useful, but some are a little overwhelming as you are on supposed to be on holiday!

    Thank you very much for your comments, we do do take them all on board. We assume you are referring to the instructions regarding recycling? We’re not sure what other instructions there are? Please accept our apologies if you found this unacceptable but the council are very particular and as we can’t always oversee the waste situation, we have to trust our guests to be mindful. However, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and hope you will return in the future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neelam4.7Oct 2022

  • "A quiet location a few minutes from the busy A66, but meaning easy access to all points of the compass."

    A great base for exploring the Lakes, up to Hadrians wall or across into the Dales.

    Thank you for your great review! Welcoming you back anytime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage, village and surrounding area."

    We had a brilliant holiday with our 2 teenagers and dog. We ventured near and far enjoying the massive landscapes, walks, castles and waterfalls. Thank you

    Thank you for a lovely review! We love to hear your comments and your appreciation of The Old Byre and the surrounding area! We hope you will return in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Aug 2022

  • "Such a lovely, well equipped little cottage, had everything we needed."

    Everything was clean & fresh, did not have a single complaint about the property. Outside patio area is abit on the small size but there is a nice little walk route out towards the river. Liam from Sykes was really helpful in our hour of need.. had a vehicle breakdown the night before coming home, contacted the cleaners, who were extremely friendly and helpful, who let us stay in the property until our taxi arrived. Situated in a remote little village which only has a pub.. shops are around 15/20 mins drive away (no bus or train nearby) so a car is essential. Locals were extremely friendly and helpful giving us great tips of places to visit. Would definitely recommend and we would definitely come back to this cozy little barn cottage.

    Thank you for your lovely comments! We were really sorry to hear about your car breaking down, that must’ve been very stressful for you. We are glad you got home safely and would love to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Imran5.0Aug 2022

  • "This property gets ***** had a great week at the old byre ."

    A great review.... Thank you very much! Glad you had a great week, come back to us anytime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jul 2022

  • "Overall a nice place - large, well equipped & clean ."

    Be aware that the large main bedroom is much darker & gloomier than shown in the photos. I found it way too dark & oppressive to sleep in & ended up in a single bed in the smaller room next door. My friend also felt she couldn’t sleep there & chose to use the upstairs bedroom instead, even though it meant coming downstairs to use the bathroom. Also worth noting that whilst the property is dog friendly which is great, there isn’t a secure area to let the dog off .

    Thank you for your feedback. We’re sorry you found the main bedroom too dark. This has never been an issue before but we realise it’s personal preference. Please bear in mind The Old Byre is a very old building in the countryside and is surrounded by trees. It does get very dark at night but we do have night lights and lamps throughout. Most guests love the cosy feel! Also the photos on Sykes website are authentic and a true reflection of our cottage, they haven’t been ‘lightened’ in any way. Again we are sorry you were disappointed, hopefully you still managed to enjoy your holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adele4.1Jul 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage in an ideal location for anyone wanting peace and quiet, it is the most well equipped cottage i have ever stayed at."

    Neighbours are lovely and the guy opposite was very helpful and told us the best dog walks, lovely friendly pub with great food. Immaculately clean with very comfy beds, we really didn't want to leave, unfortunately there was supposed to be a calendar in the info file for the recycling but this is not there so we missed putting it out, sorry. Cant wait to come back

    Thank you for your lovely comments and excellent feedback! So glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. I will reorder a recycling calendar to put in the file. Please don’t apologise! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Jun 2022

  • "Really lovely cottage, spotlessly clean, all the utilities you need, had a really enjoyable stay"

    A lovely review! Thank you! Our cleaner takes pride in looking after our cottage for us. Your comments are very much appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Apr 2022

  • "Fantastic place to stay, the property had everything we needed and was clean and warm."

    Great pub down the road,? Closed Tuesday. Ideal base for many walks, we will be back!

    Thank you for your lovely feedback! Very much appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Mar 2022

  • "An amazing cottage, everything was perfect."

    It was so quiet, yet ideally situated to visit beautiful places in the lakes. Our whole family did not want to leave. We have tried yo book for the oncoming new year but uts already booked, however we can't wait to return to our little piece of heaven .

    Thank you for your lovely review! We appreciate it when people take the time to give feedback. So glad you had a lovely stay and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Dec 2021

  • "Absolutely lovely stay for Christmas 2021."

    We throughly enjoyed it. Gorgeous location, with nice walks. The cottage is very cosy and relaxing. The only downside was the small fridge/freezer. We'd stocked up for Christmas but couldn't fit everything in. Luckily it was cold out. It didn't damper the stay though and we would defo return!! Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Thank you for the lovely feedback! However, we’re sorry that the fridge freezer wasn’t big enough for needs. It is something we hope to address. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope to welcome you back in the future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Charlotte4.7Dec 2021

  • "Idyllic cottage with a warm welcoming feeling set in a perfect surrounding fully ..."

    Idyllic cottage with a warm welcoming feeling set in a perfect surrounding fully enjoyed our stay there ,would highly recommend it specially if your looking for a quiet relaxing place to stay

    Thank you for your lovely feedback! Look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Nov 2021

  • "We have stayed at the Old Byrne several times over the years and knew what to expect and were not disappointed."

    Our only complaint was when trying to get the oven working, the clock was in some sort of edit mode, which disabled the cooker function. With no instructions for the cooker available, it took time to work out how to get it working. When you have the dish prepared and ready too coo, but cannot get the oven working, this is a real annoyance. Overall, an enjoyable stay in comfortable surroundings.

    We are sorry to hear about your difficulty in setting the digital clock on the oven. We are aware that this can be an issue if the oven has been switched off at the wall. When it’s switched back on, the clock needs to be set in order for the oven to work. There is an instruction in the blue folder explaining how to do this. We are sorry if it caused you any inconvenience. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely area, great property and close to interesting places of interest."

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We appreciate it when people take the time to give feedback. We look forward to your return! Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2021

  • "Cottage is lovely with great."

    Very clean and comfortable. We had a very happy stay for our week. All the people in the village welcomed us and stopped for a chat on our daily dog walks. In a very pretty area with so much to do you won’t get bored. As others have said, upstairs bed could do with a new mattress. Otherwise everything else was perfect. Cant wait to go back.

    We are sorry you found the mattress unsatisfactory. It is in fact not very old. But after a couple of reviews commenting that the bed was uncomfortable, we are now replacing both the bed and mattress. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne4.7Jul 2021

  • "We absolutely adored our stay!"

    Thank you so very much

    Reviewed by Abigail5.0Jun 2021

  • "An all round pleasant accommodation."

    .... The neighbours are very nice..... The upstairs bed needs to be upgraded as the mattress is thin and the bed squeaks like mad preventing sleep. The kitchen pans were of a poor quality and not effective on a electric hob as the bases are distorted and bent. The location was good and the surrounding area beautiful.

    Reviewed by Paul3.8May 2021

  • "Excellent booking process."

    The old byre was beautiful! It had everything we needed and was spotless when we arrived. Our dog was also very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Raykal5.0May 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    Relaxing log burner in a very unique barn conversion. A very comfortable family base with everything you need.

    Reviewed by Hazel5.0Aug 2020

  • "Lovely property in a great location."

    Thoroughly enjoyed our weekend and would love to return again for longer. Pub down the road is excellent, had a great Sunday Lunch there, very friendly and dogs are welcome.

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Nov 2019

  • "What a lovely few days we spent with the family in this tradiontal barn."

    Lovely surroundings and lots of walks. Walking distance to the Sandford Arms where we ate on an evening, lovely food. The only minus I would say about the Old Byre is that it is lacking in an en suite/ bathroom upstairs. One bathroom between a family not ideal. Nevertheless we would stay again.

    Reviewed by Christine3.8Oct 2019

  • "One of the best holliday cottages we have been in, set in a beautiful village, the cottage had everything we needed however we would have liked a small enclosed garden to keep our grandchild and dogs safe, but that did not detract from our holiday experience."

    as the cottage more than made up for that.

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2019

  • "The Old Byre was a well equipped, spacious clean place."

    It was in a small quaint village where the locals were friend and helpful. We will definitely come back to the Old Byre again. There was alot to do for for our children aged 2 and 6 in the surrounding towns and some beautiful walks for our dog too. We have used cottages a few times where the owners have placed stipulations where we have to clean the cottage upon departure as well as other rules which has put added stress on to our stay. This was not the case with the Old Byre, the owners seemed laid back in their information booklet and provided fantastic information and guidance on where to go and what to do in the surrounding areas. If you are looking within this area we would definitely recommend the Old Byre a home away from home!

    Reviewed by Charlie5.0Apr 2019

  • "It was better than we expected - much more space than we imagined."

    Sometimes photos can make a place look bigger - exactly the opposite in this case. Also the pub in the hamlet was a complete surprise - brilliant.

    Reviewed by James5.0Mar 2019

  • "Lots of space in the house and it was nice and cosy"

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Oct 2018

  • "Cottage is fabulous would just like a fenced off area for dogs to go out."

    Reviewed by Hayley4.7Sep 2018

  • "This is the first time the family have stayed in a cottage."

    We weren't disappointed,home from home. If its just a peaceful holiday its ideal but if you need to be entertained wrong location as you will have to travel. The pub about 5 mins walk is very welcoming and serves lovely meals, but for any kind of activity non provided as like darts sports t v pool or music.

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2018

  • "Was a lovely holiday cottage and very well located."

    The only negative really was I could not find anywhere a checking out time.

    Reviewed by Susannah4.7Aug 2018

  • "Great cottage, only let down by the really uncomfortable bed which caused daily back aches."

    A little more thought could go into the furniture positioning etc. For example dressing table nowhere near a plug socket for a hairdryer. It has no garden for dogs to run in but there's a very quiet lane next to the cottage. Well equipped though and in a very handy spot for the Lakes and the Dales.

    Reviewed by Philip4.1Jun 2018

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  • Living/Dining area, 1x downstairs twin bedroom, 1x downstairs double bedroom, 1x ground floor bathroom, 1x upstairs double bedroom.
  • Oil central heating
  • TV and integrated DVD player and wood-burning stove
  • Kitchen area with Rangemaster cooker and hob, dishwasher, fridge, microwave and washer/dryer
  • Bathroom with bathtub, shower over tub, basin and WC
  • One downstairs twin bedroom with TV
  • Fuel and power included
  • Bed linen included
  • High chair and cot available
  • Private parking strictly limited to 2 cars
  • Well-behaved pets welcome.

The property

The Old Byre is a two-storey holiday cottage which is situated ten minutes' drive from the bustling Cumbrian town of Appleby. Set over two floors, this cottage provides ideal holiday accommodation for the family within easy reach of one of Cumbria's most important towns. Most of the rooms in the cottage are situated on the ground floor.

Here you'll find a dining room and lounge area as well as the fully equipped kitchen and bathroom.

There are two downstairs bedrooms, making the property ideal for guests with restricted mobility.

One of these is a double bedroom and the other is a twin room.

Upstairs, there is a galleried landing with views over the lounge area and a further double bedroom. Outside the property, you'll find a patio area with seating, perfect for an evening drink as you watch the sunset or for sitting outside and reading a few books during the summer months. The property is located in the small village of Sandford, putting you within walking distance of an excellent village pub serving high-quality meals.

The town of Appleby, roughly a ten-minute drive away, has a selection of shops, pubs and restaurants and the smaller town of Kirkby Stephen, boasting a number of boutique outlets, is within easy driving distance. Both of these towns sit upon the world famous Settle and Carlisle railway, making it easy to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Ribblehead Viaduct and beyond and offering simple access to the Yorkshire Dales.

You'll also find that the spectacular scenery of the Lake District and all of the outdoor activities it offers are within an easy drive of your cottage. This is a superb cottage which is easily able to accommodate a large family or two smaller families.

It is an ideal choice for anyone keen to explore the great outdoors and enjoy some excellent food and drink during their time in Cumbria.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Penrith 14 miles.

The historic town of Appleby-in-Westmorland lies in a loop of the River Eden and is overlooked by the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with the Lake District Fells showing on the western horizon. Set at the heart of the lush Eden Valley and steeped in history, this is one of the loveliest towns in the north of England and was originally the county town of Westmorland. Appleby is nestled between the Lakes and Yorkshire Dales, so guests can enjoy the contrasting scenery of these two National Parks, plus numerous walking and cycling opportunities as well as the fantastic leisure centre in the town. Appleby has a wonderful selection of quality independent shops, cafes and delicatessens selling locally produced food and crafts. The picturesque street of Boroughgate, with some interesting old buildings, is at the heart of the town and links the well-preserved Norman Castle with the fine medieval Church of St. Lawrence. Appleby is a major stop on the Settle-Carlisle Railway, which is one of the most beautiful railway journeys in Britain, and still today many of the old steam trains wend their way along this line and over the historic and awe-inspiring Ribblehead viaduct. With the delightful Ullswater and the magnificent Lake District within easy reach, this is an ideal holiday location.

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Due to COVID the owner has requsted that you bring your own towels to the property and on leaving the beds are stripped and the sheets, pillow and matress protectors are placed into the plastic boxed provided, thank you.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas