Farmhouse in Stainmore, Nr. Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, England - A Peaceful Paradise With Fantastic Wildlife, Scenery And Easy Access To Wide Ranging Activities
A hidden gem Littlethwaite offers luxury accommodation with all the benefits of home comforts. All the living rooms give different atmospheres aimed at creating a sense of total relaxation. The kitchen which opens onto a large conservatory with easy seating for 12 or more has every catering need and panoramic views. Its unique location just above Argill Beck a special conservation park and medieval woodland is home to an array of wild birds, roaming deer and beautiful butterflies. A magic fragrant landscape where wild orchids grow with swathes of primroses and banks of bluebells when in season. the variety of places you can visit from this base are never ending from a unique underground shopping experience at Rheged to a wild and wonderful labyrinth The Forbidden Corner or just indulge in the local ice cream parlour beneath Brough Castle. In the evenings there are lots places to eat out locally just a ten minute drive or takeaways from Indian; Chinese or traditional fish and chips!
Top Traveller Review
Outstanding Cottage even for larger groups!!
About the Owner
About Susan Wilmot-Josife
Our family lives permanently in Somerset although we love our holiday and weekends away including our beloved Littlethwaite Farmhouse. We have three dogs, a cat and chickens and love the rural life but enjoy true comfort and modern day conveniences. We are a highly creative family and all the children are musical and actors too! Entertainment; parties and special events are always on the calender. We are very lucky that we hold special venues at Littlethwaite through The Eden Conservatory a special educational cutting edge social enterprise which fills up our spare time.
Why Susan Wilmot-Josife chose England
We purchased Littlethwaite in 2004 after months of searching Cumbria and North Yorkshire for our rural idyllic retreat when we discovered the Eden Valley. As advertised by the tourism office it is a hidden gem that offers some of the most outstanding countryside in the North.
With a teenage family we wanted easy access to a wide range of activities and services as well as peace and tranquility.
We completely renovated the property, installing a large kitchen with a specially designed granite dining table which leads onto the conservatory with views that take your breath away.
Our first Christmas it snowed and again it was magic for us. We live in Somerset and relish our times at Littlethwaite. Our visitors comments share our own view that this is "a very special place".
What makes this farmhouse unique
So many things to do locally, first of course is to simply enjoy the most amazing scenery. The house sits in the second largest area of outstanding natural beauty in Europe. Argill Beck a few minutes walk from the gardens; a woodland since medieaval times is almost untouched with wild birds, roaming deer,and beautiful butterflies amongst the fragrant wild orchids. Kirkby Stephen the nearby market town offers lots of places to wine and dine. 15 minutes to Barnard Castle and the famous Bowes museum or drive up to Tan Hill the highest pub in England with musical events and sheep in the bar! Not forgetting the Lakes and local award winning Ullswater Steamers with cruises. Waterfalls too many to mention. Home made ice cream at Church Brough and Divine Cakes and tea at Augill Castle next door!
(4 traveller reviews)
Outstanding Cottage even for larger groups!!
A stunning, spacious and beautiful property with a mix of modern and rustic look in a rural, untouched, picturesque, location away from all hustle bustle of life. Very tastefully decorated and very well looked after. Do not forget your wellies and a torch. It can get pitch dark at night. You can surely get very close to nature. There are few animals to watch in the walking path right next to the property like black and white sheep's, horse, pigs, cows and even a ram. You can easily spend a week in the house either getting comfy and cosy indoor, enjoying the beautiful scenery or get active by exploring different walking trails around. The owner of the property Susan is an amazing lady, very helpful, accommodating and friendly. She is very passionate about her family house so better keep it clean and spotless. She even helped us out with a swap of our holiday dates at the last minute without any hesitation. Best holiday cottage in the UK that we have been in so far. All our friends including kids were in praise of the property, location and the fun times we have had there. We will definitely be a regular customer for Susan from now and would recommend littlethwaite (truly a little slice of heaven) to everyone. Highly recommended. Worth every penny spent.
Beautiful Farmhouse with the amazing views
From the initial booking we were given plenty of information on the property and location. On arrival we were made to feel very welcome and everything in the property was well equipped and in pristine condition, there were plenty of towels a fabulous luxury bathroom a contemporary kitchen with a large conservatory over looking the garden and astonishing views. I will be returning within the next few months but staying longer to have more time to visit the local attractions. I would highly recommend a visit
We booked this property based on the traveling distance from the airport stated on the page. It is much further than you think (it took us 1hour 50 from Manchester with very little traffic) and the traveling had a huge impact on our stay. There are no curtains in any of the rooms, so if you are prone to waking up early with the light streaming through the windows this would affect you. On departure we where accused of stealing cutlery. We have asked the owner for her details to pursue this matter but she refuses to give those details. She promised reports and videos from the cleaners who said we had also left rubbish but so far has not forwarded these. I would advise anybody staying to take photographs of the cutlery, plates, pots and pans on arrival and leaving so you can not be accused of stealing. It's a nice venue, the kitchen/conservatory is fantastic for family meals and would imagine its normally well maintained. However we couldn't use one of the bedrooms due to storm damage and rain coming in through the roof. In another room we had another leek and had a wet carpet. The toilets would not flush properly and we had to use buckets for the week as a plumber could not come out in time. The owners response was that we didn't need the bedroom - this meant that our teenage daughter had to share a bedroom with two teenage boys. We where open to this so as not to cause a fuss at Xmas and did not complain about the wet carpet and having to use buckets and getting the property maintenance out on our first day.
Stunning property location breathtaking
I would highly recommend this property! It was well equipped a real home from home experience the showers are amazing and we even saw a roe deer and red squirrel in the garden whilst sitting in the beautiful conservatory. Location is simply breathtaking while still in reasonable distance from main routes to explore the lakes,and surrounding counties. This property suited our large families needs and the owner was attentive and very helpful. We would certinally recommend this property to anyone very reasonably priced for the location and size you get a lot for your money ! Can't wait to return 2016
From the Owner
“We purchased Littlethwaite in 2004 after months of searching Cumbria and North Yorkshire for our rural idyllic retreat when we discovered the Eden Valley. As advertised by the tourism office it is a hidden gem that offers some of the most outstanding countryside in the North. With a teenage family we wanted easy access to a wide range of activities and services as well as peace and tranquility. We completely renovated the property, installing a large kitchen with a specially designed granite dining table which leads onto the conservatory with views that take your breath away. Our first Christmas it snowed and again it was magic for us. We live in Somerset and relish our times at Littlethwaite. Our visitors comments share our own view that this is "a very special place".”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
During the year we hold special events under the banner of ~The Eden Conservatory. These are weekend courses in the main for women and are about self discovery and the imagination/creativity. We have guest speakers and complementary health services and link events to our friends at Augill Castle.
Whether it is a trip to the east or west coasts we are about an hour and a half from some of the most spectacular sandy beaches in England. As a family we have had many a fantabulous day out. It requires an early start but it is so worth it!!
Both Manchester and Newcastle Airports are about one hour 20 minutes away from Littlethwaite.
Six minutes to the local 24/7 shop in Brough for all main grocery/newspaper/video hire etc. 10 minutes to Kirkby Stephen our market town with every facility including supermarkets; restaurants; several coffee shops; gift shops; antique and speciality shops; pubs and even a health club/spa.
5 mins to Augill Castle our friends with fantastic eating events weddings etc. 8 mins to Church Brough Ice Cream Parlour... oh so wicked! 20-30 mins to waterfalls, lake, museums and 70 tourist spotslights!
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£250|
We can take payment for booking by Paypal (please request website). Or we can accept payment by bank transfer. We can only hold a provisional booking for 24 hours. 50% is payable on booking with the balance due 6 weeks prior to your start date. Bookings within 6 weeks of the start of your holiday require full payment. Bookings cancelled less than 6 weeks prior to the start date payments are non refundable.
We prefer Friday as a start to the booking. Arrival time is flexible. We are happy to consider all options if it is possible.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
- 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“So many things to do locally, first of course is to simply enjoy the most amazing scenery. The house sits in the second largest area of outstanding natural beauty in Europe. Argill Beck a few minutes walk from the gardens; a woodland since medieaval times is almost untouched with wild birds, roaming deer,and beautiful butterflies amongst the fragrant wild orchids. Kirkby Stephen the nearby market town offers lots of places to wine and dine. 15 minutes to Barnard Castle and the famous Bowes museum or drive up to Tan Hill the highest pub in England with musical events and sheep in the bar! Not forgetting the Lakes and local award winning Ullswater Steamers with cruises. Waterfalls too many to mention. Home made ice cream at Church Brough and Divine Cakes and tea at Augill Castle next door!”
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Parking ...
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Dining Area
- Satellite / Cable
- Video Library
- pets considered
- autumn foliage
- bird watching
- scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- 2000 sq. ft.
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- En-suite jack and jill style to Bedroom 1 and 2 with luxury double walk in Merlin power rain shower Italian marble tiles. Family bathroom with extra long Heritage bath and over shower; twin basins and double mira power shower with Italian marble tiles.
- 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Bedroom 5
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with super king bed and en-suite. Bedrooms 2 and 3 with double bed. Bedroom 4 with twin beds. Bedroom 5 luxury double sofabed.
- Notes on accommodation: Hampers can be arranged. Outside: A delightful wrap around garden packed with a wide range of plants and established trees which all add to the charm at Littlethwaite. Double barbeque with seating for 12 and a separate table for a more intimate meal under the stars. Through either gate you are in the land of extraordinary beauty with walks to live for. Down in the Beck you will find your soul whilst listening to the stillness of an untouched place except for the sound of waterfalls and birdsong. There is so much to discover in this landscape whether you are a group needing a real restful break or wild family looking for adventure it is all here. Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble dryer iron and ironing board and airer for clothes. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Luxury towels both bath sheets and hand Egyptian cotton bed linen; goose down pillows for extra comfort. The property is cleaned weekly on departure but can be provided additionally by negotiation for midweek. Other: Conservatory with seating for 12 or more underfloor heating and views take you to another place of total relaxation watching wildlife against wild landscapes and dramatic skies.