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Rainbow Cottage

Soulby near Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 2022)


Very good

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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/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher

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  • “A lovely, spacious cottage in a delightful setting.”

    The whole cottage has a warm, cosy feel and the kitchen is well-appointed.

    The whole cottage has a warm, cosy feel and the kitchen is well-appointed. An ideal base for exploring Cumbria, the Yorkshire Dales, Co. Durham or the Northumberland moors.

    - Mr Sinden, September 2021

The property

Soulby 0.5 miles.

Rainbow Cottage is a delightful conversion of the main cow byre of Sykeside Farm, set half a mile down a farm lane from the village of Soulby in the glorious Eden Valley.

Boasting far-reaching views across the valley to the Pennines and the Howgill Fells, this cottage offers spacious accommodation for groups of up to eight people.

Original beams and stained glass features add character to this comfortable, well-equipped cottage.

With accommodation all on the ground floor, this cottage allows easy access for anyone in a wheelchair or those who are less mobile and there is ramped access up to the front door, whilst inside there are low light switches and high power sockets, a wheelchair-accessible shower cubicle and wide doorways.

The large fitted kitchen is well equipped and is open to the dining area, and the cosy sitting room has a woodburner-style electric stove.

There are three bedrooms at this lovely holiday home offering flexible sleeping arrangements for any family staying, and completing the accommodation are a bathroom and shower room.

Outside this charming cottage are a number of places where you can relax and unwind on a sunny day, including a front lawned garden, a terrace and a courtyard area.

Surrounded by open countryside, the cottage is an excellent base for those who enjoy walking, cycling and horseriding.

Just 2.5 miles away is the market town of Kirkby Stephen, which offers shops, restaurants and pubs, while the Settle-Carlisle Railway, the Howgill Fells, Pennines and the ruins of Brough and Pendragon castles are all within easy reach.

Also the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and the Durham Dales, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are all within a half hour drive.

A superb cottage, close to many places of interest.


  • All ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request), 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x family room with 1 super king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request) and 1 single with pull-out stacker bed
  • Bathroom with disabled access, bath, separate walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with electric fire..
  • Geothermal underfloor heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD, CD/radio, library of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 4 cars
  • Front lawned garden, plus side terrace with furniture and rear patio and courtyard with furniture and BBQ
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Horses welcome by arrangement with owners
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2.5 miles
  • Note: Water provided from the Sykeside borehole which provides spring water, pumped up at very good pressure
  • Note: This property is all on one level and accessed via a ramp, so may be suitable for the less mobile and wheelchair users.

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About the location


Kirkby Stephen 3 miles.

The pretty, rural village of Soulby quietly rests near the confluence of the River Eden and Smardale Beck, just over 2 miles from Kirkby Stephen. Something of a sleepy backwater, it is surrounded by traditional farm meadows and picturesque pastures and fells. The traditional market town of Kirkby Stephen, once home to cotton mills and a large manufacturer of shoes and woollen hats today hosts a variety of shops, cafés, 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.

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