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Castle House Cottage


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Hartley, near Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria
Grade 4 Star rating
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Sleeps 3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Pets 2
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Within a walking distance of the picturesque town of Kirkby Stephen, a perfect base for touring Yorkshire, Cumbria and the Lake District.

Located in the small hamlet of Hartley, approximately 1 mile from the popular Cumbrian town of Kirkby Stephen, this charming cottage, originally a brewery and inn, offers welcoming, comfortable accommodation ideal for couples or a small family who enjoy exploring, walking or cycling in stunning countryside. The Yorkshire Dales National Park, Upper Eden Valley and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are all right on the doorstep, and it is also within easy reach of the Lake District National Park. Dating back to the 1700s, the cottage, which is attached to the main house, has retained lots of lovely character features, which include exposed stone work on the stairs and a fantastic spacious bedroom with beams and galleried area. These traditional features are combined with all the contemporary comforts one expects from a holiday home, such as Wi-Fi, a well-equipped kitchen and contemporary bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle. There is also a useful vestibule area where you can store outdoor clothing and boots.
Once a traditional farming and quarrying village, Hartley is a quiet place to stay, and the main sound you will hear is the babbling beck which runs through the village to the front of the cottage. The remains of the 12th-century castle can be seen on the hill which overlooks the village and on the summit of Hartley Fell are the mysterious ’Nine Standards’, a line of nine standing stones. Situated on the Coast to Coast footpath, the cottage is perfect for walkers. There is a variety of walks on offer to suit all abilities from a quiet riverside walk or a stroll along the railway lines to more challenging fell walks. The Eden Viaducts footpath starts in Hartley and the Howgill Fells are within easy reach, as are the North Pennines. The area is also great for cycling, with Kirkby Stephen on the C2C (Sea to Sea) Cycle Route. Other routes nearby include the W2W (Walney to Wear) coast to coast route and the Lakes and Dales Loop. There is an electric bike hire shop in the village and normal bike hire in Kirkby Stephen, or should you wish to bring your own bikes, storage is available on-site. Other popular activities available locally include golf and fishing. The popular ’Walkers are Welcome’ town of Kirkby Stephen is just 1 mile away and there is a footpath which will take just over 5 minutes to walk into town. Here you will find a good selection of shops, pubs, cafés and eateries as well as a couple of supermarkets, and there is a weekly market held on Mondays. The town also has a heritage centre and train station which is on the famous Settle-Carlisle line. In addition to its stunning scenery the area is also rich in culture and heritage and there are castles at Brough and Pendragon, both of which are free to visit. Shops and restaurants 1½ miles, pub 1 mile.

Ground Floor:
Step to entrance.
Open plan living space: With beams and wooden floor.
Living area: With 40" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
Dining area.
Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.

First Floor:
Bedroom: With kingsize and single bed.
Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

Oil central heating (controlled by owner), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. Lawned garden (shared with owner). Sitting-out area, garden furniture and BBQ. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 6 steps in the garden.

Show amenities 


  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio
    Enclosed Garden/Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Stairgate
  • WiFi
  • Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Baby and Toddler Friendly
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
    Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Green Scheme
    Green Scheme
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle
  • More Than Dog Friendly
    More Than Dog Friendly

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 29/10/2018
    We had a fantastic time. Mike and Jill were so welcoming and really helpful, ensuring we got the most out of our stay. The cottage is in an idyllic village and a fantastic spot for enjoying the area. Our dog was made so welcome, even though she is only a puppy which meant we could relax so much more. Jill's scones were amazing! We loved it and would definatly go back again.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 15/09/2018
    A lovely cosy cottage, well equipped, well presented and well located; within walking distance of Kirkby Stephen and it’s amenities as well as having access to many walks from the doorstep. Thank you Mike and Jill for your hospitality.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 04/08/2018
    Wonderful hosts. Great hol with our dogs and we were all made very welcome. Beautiful bedroom, comfy clean beds and spacious luxury bathroom.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 13/07/2018
    Lovely cottage in a fantastic location. Very helpful owners.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 27/06/2018
    We enjoyed our stay very much. The cottage is beautifully furnished and equipped with everything we could ask for. No red squirrels this time but will be back to try to spot one in future. Jill was helpful and friendly. Great pub down road. Good base location for lakes and dales.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 23/06/2018
    Excellent hosts who welcomed us with homemade scones. Couldn’t fault the cottage and it’s locational. The only negative is the lack of direct access to the garden.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 07/04/2018
    Lovely cottage with a warm welcome in a beautiful village only a short walk from Kirkby Stephen.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 31/03/2018
    It’s rare to find somewhere as well appointed as this cottage, a real home from home. So many times you go to a cottage to find you have to then go out and buy all the staples - not here! Coffee, Tea, cooking oil and a selection of dried goods in the cupboard with the instruction to just help ourselves. The main living space is small but it suited our purposes perfectly, with the open plan kitchen and living area. Upstairs was a very comfortable king size beds with touch lamps, and a large bathroom with luxury towels and toiletries for each of us. The cottage is dog friendly in a sensible way - the owners live next door with their own dog and they provide covers for the settee so that the dog can sit on there which eliminates the stress of trying to keep them on the floor all the time! Hartley is a lovely quiet village and we just parked up and walked into Kirkby Stephen via the short path (definitely quicker than driving) - if you fancy a more scenic route I would also recommend walking in along the disused railway viaducts. All in all this deserves its consistently high rating!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 10/03/2018
    We stayed during a very cold and snowy week in March and had a wonderful time. The owners were extremely helpful but also left us to enjoy the place on our own terms. The cottage was very comfortable with everything we needed. Lovely views of red squirrels from the cottage most days; brilliant walking from the doorstep; useful shops within walking distance. We couldn't have been happier with this cottage.

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9.6 out of 10 – based on 17 reviews collected by Reevoo
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