Oakbank Cottage ref: CC131151
Kirkby Stephen, Eden Valley in Cumbria
Garden / Patio
Pets – not allowed
Parking - On Site
Set on a working farm in the heart of rural Cumbria, Oakbank Cottage is the epitome of a traditional farm worker’s cottage, lovingly restored to create a quality holiday retreat. Cleverly designed to take best advantage of the views towards Blencathra and to the rear of the Belah Valley (and former Belah Viaduct) from the first floor living areas, guests will marvel at the open landscape, dotted with sheep farmed by the neighbour and be assured of a comfortable stay.
The cottage has excellent facilities with quality kitchen and bathrooms and has been dressed with comfortable furnishings to compliment the large amount of beams and solid oak throughout the property. The wood burning stove is at the very heart of the cottage, the lounge full of exposed beams and having deep window sills giving further opportunity to take in more of that view.
Bathroom: With bath, wash basin and WC.
Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle, wash basin and WC.
Bedroom 2: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle, wash basin and WC.
Bedroom 3: With double bed.
Breakfast Kitchen: Solid oak with dishwasher, electric oven and hob and microwave.
Utility room: With washing machine, tumble dryer, tall fridge freezer and useful wash basin and WC.
Access from utility to the rear terrace and parking via granary staircase with under store area, useful for bikes.
Nearest townKirkby Stephen
Nearest railway stationKirkby Stephen
Railway station distance4.0 miles
About the local area
The Eden Valley is set in a tranquil corner of East Cumbria nestling in between The Lake District, The Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North Pennines; all areas of outstanding natural beauty and a lovely holiday destination at any time of the year.
There's plenty to occupy visitors from cycling the quiet country lanes (Try the Eden Valley Circular Cycle Route) to taking gentle riverside strolls, or maybe its pony trekking, fishing or golf and despite its rural location there's plenty of visitor attractions close by.
Travelling among undulating meadows visitors will come across charming villages which are dotted throughout the area and busy market towns such as Penrith, renowned for its specialist shops, history and architecture. Picturesque Appleby with its 12th century church, Norman Castle and wide medieval main street, lays to the south east of Penrith, here at Appleby station you can catch the train for a ride along the scenic Settle-Carlisle railway line.
The Eden Valley truly is Cumbria's `Hidden Gem' which maintains the illusion of untouched remoteness despite its extremely accessible location.
Things to do nearby
Enjoy a cup of tea with a llama! Choose from a varied selection of home cooked food in the company of Llamas. There's also the opportunity to go on a half day Llama Trek around the Keswick area.
Courses in canoeing, walking, winter mountaineering and ghyll scrambling. The activities are open to all ages and abilities and are at super bargain prices. Tel: 07737779962
TV chef and judge on the ITV's Britain's Best Bakery, Pete Sidwell is offering an exciting opportunity for families to join him at his restaurant based in the Rheged Visitors Centre near Penrith.
Situated on the outskirts of Penrith this beautiful sandstone building dates back to the 14th Century.
Being one of the most exciting galloping courses in the country, this ensures a great entertaining day out at the races! Situated on the edge of Carlisle, this location means it is really easy to get to and with such brilliant events and different race days, you can choose the day suited best to you.
There are 84 miles of trails available allowing you to walk all the way along Hadrian's Wall, leading to a further 80 short walks branching off the trail.
Enjoy the stunning scenery around Ullswater by hiring a boat from the northern shores at Lakeland Boat Hire. They supply a wide range of boats including luxury motor boats and Canadian canoes! Tel: 01768 486800
In the heart of the Caldbeck fells is High Pike, the most northern peak in the lakes standing over 2000 ft. This is a summit worth climbing as when you reach the top you will have wonderful views.
In the heart of Little Salkeld, is the fully working watermill providing tours for all ages. Also found here are a bakery, millshop, gallery, teas room and bread making courses.
Founded in 1122, with stained glass windows from the 14th - 20th centuries, fine wood carving, painted wall panels and brougham Trip alterpiece. Gift shop and restaurant. Tel: 01228 548151
This museum full of information on the history of Penrith and the Eden Valley is siuated in Penrith in an old school dating back from 1670. Different exhibitions are displayed throughout the year and with free entry, this is worth a visit if you are in the Penrith area. It also houses the local Tourist Information Office.
The renowned Mae's Tea Room and Gallery in Uldale is open throughout the year, serving tasty home cooked food through the day, some evenings and shows exhibits by local artists.
Paintballing facilities suitable for groups of 16 or above. Based in Melmerby they have five woodland zones to play in with several different scenarios that can be played out. Tel:07917 799338
Park Foot is situated on the edge of Lake Ullswater and provides a brilliant place to do some Pony Trekking around the beautiful countryside surrounding the lake. All pony treks are fully supervised so it is a brilliant adventure no matter what your experience
Situated four miles from Carlisle, this brilliant attraction for children is a great day out with indoor and outdoor attractions suited to all weather.
This is the highest narrow gauge railway in England and steams its way through some areas of outstanding natural beauty. Special Santa rides in December! Tel: 01434 381696
Birdoswald Roman Fort stands high above the River Irthing in one of the most picturesque settings on Hadrian's Wall. Once an important base for some 1,000 Roman soldiers, a Fort, turret and milecastle can still be seen and to the east lies the longest continuous stretch of Wall visible today. Tel: 01697 747602
Located just off the M6 J.40 between the northern lakes market town of Penrith and the village of Stainton, Rheged is a surprising building of architectural merit.
This is a unique tourist attraction which can be found at High Head Farm near Ivegill on the edge of the Lake District. Exhibitions change throughout the year displaying all types of artwork from Photography to Sculptures.
A woodland paint-balling park with bunkers, towers, tranches, forts and bridges. Great for large families, groups and corporate events. Tel: 0845 370 7570
A small outdoor pursuits company based at the picturesque, rural setting of Talkin Tarn. Located just off the A69 east of Carlisle, Cumbria. The company offers a wide range of adventures for families, groups and individuals of all ages and abilities.
Best known for its collection of 250 herbs and traditional fruit orchards.
Greystoke Swimming Pool offers a heated outdoor swim, with outdoor play areas and sports field. Tel: 01768 483637
Enjoy a tipple and some lovely pub grub at Emily's Black Lion - a traditional, family friendly village pub nestling on the Northern fringe of the Lake District in the lovely village of Ireby.
This tarn is situated close to Brampton, surrounded by beautiful woodland and farmland, a perfect place to take a leisurely walk with wonderful views of the Pennine fells.
`Lake District Maps' is a unique and helpful website that enables visitors to purchase a variety of family friendly walking routes and maps.
On the edge of Stainton village this small farm has dedicated itself to all things Alpaca since 1997.
A British Horse Approved Riding centre near Melkinthorpe in Cumbria. Treks vary from half an hour to one and a half hours with the opportunity to ride through Whinfell Forest providing some of the best views in the area. Tel: 01768 862153
This farm shop and tearoom is full of organic beef, lamb and pork as well as a wide range of fruit and veg. Also on offer are homemade, locally sourced condiments. Telephone 01768 866952
Situated near the village of Little Salkeld, this impressive stone circle has a diameter of 350 feet. This makes it the second biggest stone circle in the country.
On the edge of the city of Carlisle in Wetheral, you can find the last remaining tower of a small Benedictine Priory. This building is an English Heritage site; the tower is well preserved from the 15th Century and was once the entrance into the outer court of the monastery.
This family owner and operated activity centre close to Ullswater offers plenty of great horse riding opportunities as well as quad biking, all terrain vehicle rides and archery! Tel: 017684 83561
To experience one of the best panoramic views of Lake Ullswater, you should hike up Hallin Fell which is situated mid way down the lake and is part of the well known `kink' in the length of the waters.
Renowned for being the `Highest Golf Club in England' this 18 hole course has fantastic panoramic views of the Cumbrian countryside. Just two miles south of Alston the course comprises of 132 acres of parkland, high meadows and pasture land perfect for those who enjoy a quiet game of golf. Tel: 01434 381675
Take inspiration from this and other stunning locations to capture great photographs. Take your photography to the next level with Lakeland Photo Workshops
Established 30 years ago, this Organic bakery is now a thriving cafe and shop distributing their organic snacks and cakes all over the country.