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18th Century Coach House just below historic Brough Castle in The Eden Valley

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Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights

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4 - 5 nights


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Cottage in Church Brough, South East Cumbria/Southern Lakes, Cumbria, England - Located on a tranquil Bridleway. Cosy and warm, ideal for Long And Short Breaks all year round

Cottage in Church Brough, South East Cumbria/Southern Lakes, Cumbria, England - Located on a tranquil Bridleway. Cosy and warm, ideal for both long and short breaks all year round. Minimum stay three nights.

The cottage formed part of what was the Church Brough Rectory estate. The rectory, servants' quarters, stables, coach house and barn were privately acquired and converted into four separate properties. The coach house and stables are linked by an enclosed glass hall with separate internal access to both buildings.

Located on a bridleway, turning left or right out of the cottage, you can take the newly waymarked Wainwright Pennine Journey route - see OS Explorer Map OL19 ref 14 79, Grid reference NY 79253 13895. The bridleway takes you onto a little used lane/Roman road with its metamorphic sandstone sides leading north to the village green and Brough Castle and south west to Great Musgrave.

Brough lies at the foot of the Stainmore Pass that crosses the Pennines. The Romans built a military road from York to Carlisle and a chain of forts, one of which was Verterae in Church Brough. A 1,000 years later the Normans built a castle on the same site.

Over the years the castle was destroyed, rebuilt, burned down and in the 17th century once again restored that time by Lady Anne Clifford. A 100 mile pathway that follows the route Lady Anne Clifford took to visit her many castles from Skipton, passes through Church Brough going on to Penrith.

Market Brough, the part of the village on the northern side of the A66, was an important centre of trade from 1330 when a charter for a weekly market was granted.

The Vale of Eden is a popular area for walking, with the Pennine Way, the Coast to Coast route, Hadrian’s Wall - easily reached by road and now, more recently, Wainwright’s Pennine Journey route which passes the cottage.

An extensive network of footpaths and bridleways crisscrossing the local countryside is easily accessible from the cottage. Walkers are most welcome.

Popular too with cyclists, the Cycle Route 71 can be joined west at Great Musgrave or east at Barras, both close to Church Brough. See OS Landranger Map 91 for detail.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Valerie Reynolds
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
September 6, 2016
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About Valerie Reynolds

Val and John bought an old converted Rectory coach house and stables in Cumbria as their retirement home. They warmly welcome visitors and guests to the coach house with its tranquil location, natural history and fascinating geology. They have found local people very friendly and helpful.

Valerie Reynolds purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Valerie Reynolds chose England

John has always loved Cumbria for its natural beauty and enjoyed many walking holidays. Church Brough is central to the Lake District, North Pennines, Eden Valley and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, all his favourites. Brough can be reached from either the east via the A1M, or west on the M6 - Junction 38 or 37.

What makes this cottage unique

The property is in the Vale of Eden or Eden Valley as some call it. Kirkby Stephen is ten minutes away by car on the A685 where you can join the Coast to Coast route. Appleby, known for its horse fair, is fifteen minutes away, Penrith can be reached within thirty minutes. Further afield there is the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national parks to explore

The Coach House Cottage is located on a bridleway, formerly a Roman road that takes you to the River Eden at Great Musgrave and beyond

We have secure facilities for cycles and equipment

For those who enjoy golf there is the Ravenstonedale par three 9/18 hole course open to non members

We have a list of local restaurants/pubs where you can enjoy evening meals at reasonable prices

Guestbook comments from the owner

The cottage is beautifully decorated and a very comfortable, cosy place to stay. We thoroughly enjoyed the excellent location and took advantage of being able to complete a lovely six mile walk from the door as well as a visit to the ice cream shop just five minutes away.

Thank you Val for your attention to detail, your welcome and helpful comments.
Apr 2016
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18th Century Coach House just below historic Brough Castle in The Eden Valley
average rating of 4.888889 based on 23 reviews

Lovely place to stay

  • 5 of 5

The Coach House is a great place to stay and relax after being out and about in the local and not so local countryside. We used this as a base to visited the Lakes and Yorkshire Dales and it was great to get back and chill out there. The kitchen is well appointed, the wall mounted tv easy to watch from the couch (and the chairs comfortable to read in !) and the super kingsize bed made sleeping soooo easy. We received loads of info before arrival and this was supported by more maps and leaflets in the 'house'. We were greeted by Val who showed us around when we got there and she and John are very welcoming and hospitable hosts. We wished we could have stayed longer !

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you stay in the cottage. We hope to see you again soon. Val & John
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A beautifully appointed accommodation

  • 5 of 5

The Coach House is appropriate for a couple who are looking for a well appointed accommodation which is comfortable, clean and has character. Church Brough in which the Coach House is situated is friendly and small. The owners are very welcoming and friendly. It is essential to have a car to explore the surrounding areas, although a highlight of our stay was to take the vintage bus to Barnard Castle and back.

We come away refreshed and relaxed although our stay was short. But we look forward to coming back

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: On your next visit you might like to take the vintage coach to Hawes, a little market town 20 miles away in the nearby Yorkshire Dales National Park. First recorded as a market place in 1307 Hawes has a lively Tuesday market. The Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese centre is well worth a visit as is the 18th Century water-powered cotton spinning at Gayle Mill. Thanks for being such considerate guests, it was a pleasure to have you stay in the cottage.
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5 * A Beautiful Cottage with a Hotel feel

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully clean. Excellent customer service by John and Val, it was so nice to receive lots of information prior to our arrival. I would highly recommend this property to friends. Coach House Cottage has the feel of a quality hotel with bath robes, chocolates, fresh fruit, milk and wine. The kitchen is well equipped. The supper king sized bed is very comfortable. We have stayed in many cottages in the UK, we are happy to say that this is one of the best in which we have stayed. Next time, we will be sure to stay longer. Many Thanks John and Val.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage

  • 4 of 5

It was a lovely cottage and Viv was very friendly and helpful.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Good to know you enjoyed staying in our cottage, look forward to having you stay again.
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Nice surprising find

  • 5 of 5

We were very impressed with Val and John who made us very welcome on our arrival. Val showed us round the Coach House which was excellent, very clean,comfortable and relaxing. The setting was lovely with the old castle out the back of it. Val also told us of lots of local walks so we didn't need to drive everywhere.

Thrte were plenty of local brochures listing various places to visit in case the weather should be too wet for walking .

We would definitely recommend to others , and would go back it is certainly 5 Star.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your positive comments and for taking such good care of the cottage, much appreciated. Look forward to welcoming you back, anytime!
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Lovely stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the coach house for 4 nights and just loved it. It was a nice rural location with a castle ruins right beside it. The house had great amenities including a large flat screen TV and a large comfortable bed upstairs. There was a nice garden we could sit at and help ours to any of the herbs. Valerie and John made us feel very welcome and even provided a bottle of vine for us. Couldn't say enough good things about our stay there. Its a beautiful part of England and close to a lot of interesting sightseeing including the lake district and Hadrian wall.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Owner's Response: It is always a delight to receive positive reviews. Thank you. If you should visit again we can point you in the direction of many more well known walks and places to visit. Best wishes Val & John
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Nearest Airport
132 Kilometres
Nearest airport is Newcastle
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Golden Fleece, Brough
Nearest Train
4.5 Miles
Kirkby Stephen - Settle to Carlisle line
Nearest Motorway
19 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Swanson House, Brough
Car: recommended


Arnside on Morecambe Bay is about 39 miles, via the A685 and M6. Sailing and other water sports are available on several lakes in the Lake District.


Nearest airport is Newcastle, 132 km/82 miles - about 1 hour 29 mins by road.

Manchester airport is 104 miles away.

Use of car/hire car is essential.

Nearest railway station is Kirkby Stephen on the Settle Carlisle railway accessed at Leeds via the Kings Cross line. The Euston line runs direct to Kendal and Carlisle, and Oxenholme for the Lake District.


Church Brough village is a 3 minute walk away, to reach Brough allow 15 minutes. By road Appleby takes 15 minutes, Penrith 30 minutes. Kirkby Stephen, on the Coast to Coast route, about 4 miles away has a supermarket, banks with cash machines, petrol stations, takeaways, tea rooms, Visitor Centre. The Settle Carlisle railway line is south of Kirkby Stephen. The old Kirkby Stephen station houses a railway museum and rolling stock. The Warcop army range is accessible on specific dates, see website

Further Details:

A walk to Brough will take you to the recently refurbished hotel, The Inn at Brough, The Golden Fleece pub is close by and Swanson House is a fully licensed top quality restaurant. The village shops include a convenience store with an off licence, a fish and chip shop open from 5 pm W-Sat, a cafe and a flower shop. The farmers' market is held every third Saturday of each month.

The famous Lady Anne's Way - a 100 mile pathway - passes Brough Castle, full details on

In an area crisscrossed with footpaths the little known and unspoilt South Stainmore area, said to have a greater number of footpaths per square kilometre than anywhere else in Britain, is easily reached from the cottage on foot! We have a bank of information sheets giving details of local walks for you to choose from. We can provide lifts to and from start/finish points.

You could go on to explore the Northern Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, some 650 square miles in the highest and most northerly part of the Pennine hills with a history of mining, even gold! Other historic sites in the area include Shap Abbey, Brougham Castle, Raby Castle, Barnard Castle, Pendragon Castle. Hadrian's Wall is about an hour's drive. An area well known for its waterfalls one is particularly notable, High Force and Low Force, some 20 miles from the cottage via Middleton in Teesdale - a quaint town that has hardly developed over the years - located on the Pennine Way.


Rates & Availability

Kirkby Stephen Cottage Rental Rates

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $244

Booking Notes:
An initial 25% payable to confirm booking
Rest of payment must be received 8 weeks before arrival date
A security deposit of £200 is required in case of damage to the property or its contents. However the sum reserved by this clause shall not limit the client’s responsibility to the owner. The damages deposit must be paid with the balance. The owners will account to the client for the damages deposit and refund the balance within two weeks of the end of the rental period.

Changeover Day:
Arrival day is flexible, earliest time 3 pm, latest departure 10 am
For short stays it's possible these times can be adjusted to provide earlier access on arrival and later times on departure days

Notes on prices:
We offer short breaks, three nights minimum, no maximum, flexible arrival/departure days.
For details of charges for Christmas, New Year, and Easter weeks please get in touch.
A special festive welcome pack with homemade, seasonal goodies made by our favourite local chef is created for Christmas stays.
Bed & Breakfast for two nights minimum is offered subject to availability.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Kirkby Stephen Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: One double bedroom sleeps two Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom has a king size linked bed which can be twin if required Reading lights, bedside tables, hair dryer, small chest of drawers, small table with tilting mirror, wardrobe. Decorative fireplace Rocking chair
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
THE COTTAGE has been designed to provide a first class comfortable, warm retreat, at any time of the year. Ideal for couples to get away from it all and enjoy a secluded country break. After a hard day walking or cycling in the fells, the cottage provides a place to relax with its comfortable sitting area, tasteful soft furnishings and comprehensive central heating. The power shower provides instant hot water. The bedroom has a light airy feel with original beams, high ceiling and triple aspect. The kitchen provides facilities for all kinds of meal preparation, from haute cuisine to microwave ready meals. For those days you really don't want to 'do it yourself' we can provide a breakfast menu, served in the cottage. OUTSIDE From the seating area in the walled kitchen garden on a clear day it is possible to see Blencathra and Skiddaw some 40 miles away. A sun trap, it's for the exclusive use of guests staying in the cottage. An ideal spot to take your early morning coffee, or later something a little stronger! LINEN/CLEANING/TOWELS: Bed linen, dressing gowns, bath towels, toiletries, tea towels, table cloths included, iron/ironing board. Linen and towels are changed weekly Cottage is cleaned weekly Cleaning products for your use are kept under the sink OTHER: Separate secure storage is available for bicycles and outdoor equipment plus drying space for wet clothes. Kirkby Stephen has a self service laundrette. Appleby has a serviced laundrette Sainsburys deliver to the cottage

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