Courtyard Cottage is situated in the centre of the popular and historic village of Kirkby Stephen, in the beautiful Eden Valley in Cumbria, Close enough to explore both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks home swap

The cottage is situated in the delightful shared cobbled courtyard of Royal Arcade, itself steeped in history; the site of the Sandemainian non-conformist chapel where the family of Michael Faraday worshipped and of the former New Inn where a royal princess is said to have visited. It is private and secluded, yet very close to all the local amenities.
Dating from at least the 18th Century the cottage itself offers homely, characterful and peaceful self-catering accommodation for up to four people in two double bedrooms.

Ground floor

Hallway and homely kitchen/diner with gas oven/hob, microwave oven, fridge and freezer. A wide range of pans, cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils are provided, along with kettle, cafetiere, toaster and cleaning products.

First Floor

Cosy lounge with characterful feature fireplace. Two couches, well-stocked games cupboard, TV, DVD player, Digibox (freeview)
Library area with well-stocked bookcase including local information, maps and guides, childrens books, cookery books, fiction and non-fiction reading material for you to enjoy.
Spacious bathroom with shower bath

Second Floor
Landing with well-stocked bookcase
Bedroom 1: Large bedroom with feature exposed stone wall and dual aspect windows. Double bed , bedside tables with lamps, easy chair, drawers and wardrobe
Bedroom 2: Double bed, lamp, chair, drawers, wardrobe and dual aspect windows.

Cobbled communal yard with seating area, herbs and plants

About the location

Useful Info
Local amenities - Kirkby Stephen is a large village and offers everything you should need for a pleasant and enjoyable stay:
There is a good-sized co-op supermarket (on the main road leading out of town to the north) and several convenience stores, in addition to various independent bakers, greengrocers, butchers, delicatessens and a weekly street market (every Monday and occasional Fridays).
There is a beautiful ancient church (the ‘Cathedral of the Dales’), a medical centre, library, post office, bank and cash machines, as well as a range of delightful antique, charity, collectables and gift shops to browse around.
There are plenty of options for eating out in the village, too, including several cafes and sandwich bars, friendly pubs serving bar and restaurant meals, three chip shops, a choice of authentic Chinese and Indian restaurants and English traditional restaurants. Further afield there are numerous country inns within walking or driving distance with full and varied menus.
Things to do and see - There is plenty to do in and around Kirkby Stephen such as walking, cycling or trail running in beautiful ancient countryside, scaling challenging hills such as the nearby Wild Boar Fell and the mysterious Nine Standards, explore the castles and prehistoric sites of the stunning Mallerstang Valley or following heritage trails around the historical village itself. Further afield there are literally hundreds of places to visit and countless possible days out within easy reach and in every direction.
You will find a wealth of inspiration and information, maps, guides and brochures inside the cottage for you to browse and plan at your leisure. Both Lake District and Yorkshire National Parks are easily accessible via local transport networks.

Type of home swap

  • Home Exchange

Conditions of home exchange

  • Non smokers only
  • No pets allowed
  • Children welcome

Kirkby Stephen (HE31584)

Cumbria,   England

  • 2 bed   (sleeps 4) 1 bath

Preferred destinations

  • Europe
  • Spain
Looking for a long term stay in Northern Spain preferably, 3-12 months

Dates available

Open to offers

Swap duration: 6 months +


Meet the member

Membership expiry date: 12 Feb 2017