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Rainbow Cottage Pet-Friendly Cottage in Soulby, Cumbria

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sleeps 8
3 rooms
3 bathrooms

Rainbow Cottage Pet-Friendly Cottage description

Holiday home
With all the accommodation laid out over one floor, this property has been built to reduce its carbon emissions whilst still offering the class and hospitality you would expect from a well-furnished holiday cottage. As well as boasting features, such as the original beams, the cottage uses geothermal heating to warm the floors during the colder months. Central heating heats the rest of the property, meaning you can enjoy all that the region has to offer even in the winter. During the summer, there is a patio and courtyard for evening barbecues and to simply relax in. With three bedrooms, this tranquil retreat can sleep groups of up to eight people.

Situated on the banks of the longest river in Cumbria, the appropriately named River Eden, Soulby is a picturesque hamlet comprising of a few traditional cottages surrounded by rolling countryside. Just two miles away you will find Kirkby Stephen, a small town in the Upper Eden Valley that was formerly in the old county of Westmorland, now Cumbria. This is an area of Cumbria much less well-known than the Lake District, but equally appealing. A traditional market town comprising of historic buildings, cobbled yards, quaint corners and interesting shops, Kirkby Stephen has a station on the famous scenic Settle/Carlisle line and is an ideal centre from which to travel the line. The surrounding area boasts many sites of historic interest including parish churches and castles such as Brougham, Brough, Pendragon and Lammerside.

Impressive mountains, open fells and clear-water lakes, the Lake District has it all. From walking in the mountains to exhilarating watersports or just a gentle cruise on a steam-powered yacht, Cumbria is the perfect holiday destination.

Geothermal underfloor heating with electric fire. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD, CD/radio, library of books and games. Fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot and highchair on request. Off road parking for 4 cars. Front lawned garden, plus side terrace with furniture and rear patio and courtyard with furniture and BBQ. Two well-behaved dogs welcome. Horses welcome by arrangement with owners. Sorry, no smoking. Shop and pub 2.5 miles. Note: Water provided from the Sykeside borehole which provides spring water, pumped up at very good pressure. Note: This property is all on one level and accessed via a ramp, so may be suitable for the less mobile and wheelchair users.


  • Accepts Pets
  • Cooker
  • Cots
  • Fridge
  • Games room
  • Garden
  • Ground floor
  • High chair
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Table tennis
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • On a farm

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June 2016
I spent literally days trying to find a cottage that would meet our location needs but also the requirements for my disabled sister. This place was perfect. Thoughtfully and lovingly built. Noisy baby was able to stay sufficiently away from others so not to wake the toddler in the other 'wing'. Pamela is extremely well organised and phoned us in advance to check requirements. Anything we needed, we just asked and they sorted it. The cottage was very clean and we have stayed in more expensive places that haven't been so well equipped. The walk in shower was a bonus for the wheelchair (although make sure you are more awake than my mum in the mornings who kept nearly walking into it) and the cottage had lots of areas to spend time as smaller groups. The table tennis area has started a family annual competition complete with trophy. Stephen and Pamela were personable and genuine. Little touches like getting new bats and balls for the table were great. Lots of places to eat / sit outside. The highlight of the holiday for me was the birds. Nesting curlew and oyster catchers under your breakfast table, redstarts were just some of our wonderful memories. Recommend binoculars if this is your thing also. We were very lucky with the weather, spending most days sat under a tree on a blanket. Even though the cottage is next door to the farm, it still feels private. It's a short ten minute drive from Kirkby Stephen. We recommend Archway Chip shop. Massive portions and friendly staff. For disabled walks, we would recommend the viaduct walk. There is a car park, instead of having to 'abandon' your car in the villages. Although, I would recommend checking the parking before leaving for the walk as we found one shut on the day. There isn't any wifi at the cottage but we found that a bonus as no-one can get hold of you and it was lovely to escape properly. Fabulous time had by all. Got a bit emotional when we had to leave and return to realism.
Mrs Pollard
April 2015
Perfect cottage in a lovely location, made more enjoyable by the friendly hosts.
Mrs Roddam
April 2014
Fantastic location, being on a working farm in Spring was heavenly. Fresh air, fabulous views and friendly owners. We had a chilled holiday where the children were entertained by nature.
Miss Murdoch
June 2014
The lay out of the cottage was great for a large family, very spacious and practical. The cottage was secluded and very peaceful. The games room is a bonus, and there is a large selection of books and games which we enjoyed playing on an evening. Great location for visiting Lake District, Dales and surrounding areas. Beautiful area and the children loved trying to catch the little fish in the small river that runs by the cottage.
Mrs Brown
August 2014
Our holiday was lovely. The owners were very friendly and couldn't do enough. Lovely welcome gifts on arrival and the cottage was beautiful. We would definitely return to this cottage. We had plenty do do around and about and it was lovely for relaxing in as well.
Mrs Thackrah
September 2012
The owners were very welcoming and friendly and nothing was to much trouble. The property was spacious and comfortable and was set in delightful surroundings. I do not have the words to express how good this cottage is and how this area of the country appears to be an undiscovered gem with many beautiful and quiet lanes and villages.
Ms Seddon
January 2013
The cottage was very nice. The children were delighted being able to feed the horses and see the sheep. The owners were lovely, kind people- nothing was to much for them. Got some amazing photos of the children in the snow and sleighing down the hill. What an amazing adventure for the children .
Dr Jenkinson
March 2014
A lovely cottage which comfortably accommodated 6 adults and 2 children plus a collie. The owners, were very helpful and accommodating. A really nice quiet unspoilt part of England.
Mr Oliver
March 2010
An lovely cottage in a great location. We were made very welcome. Very spacious inside the cottage and the stream and land for children to play in was excellent - we all loved the friendly horse. We hope to return again.
Mrs Thomas
March 2010
Cottage was beautiful and the owner very friendly and helpful. The cottage was perfect for people with dogs as the floors were all slate tiles and it was one level. It was an excellent location. I would definitely recommend this property.
Mrs Dodd
July 2010
It was a lovely relaxing atmosphere, welcomed by the owner. The cottage was lovely, definitely go again. Lovely views of the countryside, just a brilliant holiday.
Mrs Yates
May 2010
Lovely location, beautiful barn conversion and friendly owner.
Miss Wilson
August 2010
The cottage was lovely and had everything we needed. We had a great time!
Mrs Newman
August 2010
The cottage was the most comfortable holiday home we have stayed in - proper sized beds, a well equipped kitchen and super shower, coupled with the underfloor heating all made the experience very satisfactory. The owner was very helpful and friendly without being in any way intrusive. The area is very beautiful and not at all crowded. Having Kirkby Stephen on the doorstep made self catering easy.
Mr Hooper
November 2010
A very pleasant place to stay with plenty to do in the surrounding countryside. My wife especially commented that she thought that this was the best equipped holiday home that we have stayed in. It suited us 'down to the ground' with our grandsons making special usage of the table tennis room.
Mr Palmer
August 2011
Very nice owners, could not have been more helpful!
Mr Mrs Jackson
September 2011
The barn conversion was so well thought out. For our wheelchair bound aunt it was great, plenty of room and the wet room was superb.
Mrs Blackburn
November 2010
The Cottage owner was always very helpful. The cottage is beautiful, very spacious and comfortable. The location is wonderful too making it a very peaceful break. Lots of walking to be done around the area. We highly recommend The Bay Horse Inn, Winton. We all enjoyed our little break and will definitely book again and recommend to friends and family. Thank you so much.
Mrs Bowmer
January 2011
Just returned from a great long weekend at Rainbow Cottage. All the comments made by previous holidaymakers, the location, the accommodation, helpfulness of the owners, I fully support. In addition, the cottage provides excellent facilities for wheelchair users, easy access to the cottage, lovely patio area, wide doors inside and an excellent wet room with aids which are there if you need them, unobtrusive if not. A great weekend. Thank you.
Mrs Hall
September 2011
Loved the isolation of the cottage and it's setting on the farm. The quality of the kitchen equipment exceptional. My seven year old son loved the freedom of living on a farm and being able to feed and stroke the horses. The table tennis room was also well used.
Mr Riddington
October 2012
Roomy and comfortably, warm all the time even in the worst weather. Very good for coming back to after a day on the hills. Everything about the property was perfect.
Mr Lloyd
April 2012
A superb conversion of farm buildings to the highest standard. Wheelchair accessible and a wet room. The geothermal underfloor heating works very well. Plenty of room for 6 people comfortably. Excellent hosts-made to feel very welcome.
Mr Murray
August 2009
The field and stream were fantastic for the children to play in. A great location for easy access to the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District.
Mr Mrs Gorrod
September 2009
We loved the cottage and are hoping to go back next year if possible.
Mr Monk
September 2009
Location and the property were really good. Quiet, peaceful surroundings.
Ms Beaton
October 2009
Great location. Super cottage with fabulous underfloor heating which made the property so cozy. Very peaceful location with great walks nearby. Very good childrens indoor play area in Kirkby Stephen.
Mr Mrs Boyer
April 2010
Very peaceful location. Great outside area for children to explore.
Miss Reeve
March 2010
Great cottage and excellent facilities.
Mr Pearn
April 2010
Excellent accommodation! The whole family were impressed. Everyone would happily recommend this property and the owner was very welcoming.
Mrs King
October 2010
Accommodation exceeded expectations. Property also very dog friendly with use of meadows for exercise. Surrounded by beautiful scenery - in the Lakes, Yorkshire Dales and Durham Dales. Host very welcoming and friendly. Also witnessed the birth of a calf on the working farm - a first! Amazing.
Mrs Bagulay
November 2009
The cottage was extremely cosy - especially in such terrible weather. Very spacious and comfortable.
Mrs Forrester
September 2010
The owner was fantastic - very friendly and welcoming. Area was very quiet so if you're looking to get away from it all, this is ideal. Horses in fields just topped off the beautiful surroundings and the sheep and ducks contributed to the ambience.
Ms Daveron
September 2008
Newly refurbished property, well designed and very spacious.
Miss Gannon
March 2009
The friendliness of the owner; he could not do enough for us and made us very welcome.
Mr Chittock
November 2008
We liked the location of the cottage, fairly secluded, very spacious cottage, liked the under floor heating and the children loved playing table tennis in the games room.
September 2016
We stayed at Rainbow Cottage for a week and enjoyed our stay immensely. Our 21yr old son is disabled but the cottage was extremely accessible for him.Having a large wet room was important for us and Rainbow cottage definitely delivered ! Everything you need is here and owners Pam and Stephen will help you with anything else. The location is beautiful surrounded by lots of animals and wildlife- about 2.5 miles to Kirkby Stephen where we dined at the Black Bull twice ( gorgeous steak and Guinness pie!!!) We would definitely recommend to anyone who wants a chilled week !!! Home from home ( dogs loved it too!!!)
Miss Crowther
April 2008
Fantastic accommodation within a lovely setting, would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting a relaxing break with plenty of walks.
May 2010
We stayed for a long weekend, had a great time. Cottage was big enough for all 5 of us and the under floor heating was an added bonus. Great stay, would definitely stay here again.
June 2010
We really enjoyed our stay here. Farmer Stephen is very friendly, and even let us watch the lambs being born! Great for the boys to run around the field and wade in the stream.
Mrs France-White
March 2008
We loved the field and the stream next door, great for dogs. Perfect location for walks and scenery.
Mrs King
July 2008
Well laid out property and very private even though two rental properties on site. You never saw your neighbours. Very dog friendly, our dog had a meadow all to himself most of the time.
Mr Mrs Banks
October 2008
The peaceful location.
Mrs Hill
April 2008
Quiet rural location. Friendly people.
Mr Brown
August 2008
The cottage is very well maintained, with character but plenty of mod cons and there is lots of space. Evenings on the terrace with horses running in the field, geese and goats were delightful. The children enjoyed having a games room to use.
Mr Parkin
May 2008
The peace and tranquility of the cottage location. It was nice to wake-up to the sound of bird song. The cottage was all that we expected and more and we cannot wait to go back.
Mrs Dever
March 2008
The whole property was beautiful. Little finishing touches made all the difference. The owner was extremely friendly. Our dog had a fantastic time running loose in the field.
October 2011
This cottage is on a working farm and the owners were more than helpfull . The peace & quiet was wonderfull, and being able to sit and watch the animals and wildlife in the nextdoor field with the stream running through it was idylic. The property itself was a little quirky in its layout , but the bathroom was ideal for the member of our party with a wheelchair . A very enyoyable stay , the only slight concern of ours , was the entrance walkway to the front door. Which was very uneven and hard to negotiate if unsteady on your feet ! Otherwise a very nice place to stay!
April 2012
This property is outstanding in terms of quality of loaction and internal fittings/fixtures. Ideal for less mobile/wheelchair users with huge wetroom and loads of space. Graet welcome from owners who live in adjacent farm. Pets welcome. Easy to travel to sightseeeing locations - The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle is outstanding. Dont miss the fish and chips at Mulberrys in Kirkby Stephen!
Mrs Grant
April 2015
This cottage was a warm haven during a cold and wet March/April week. The owners were really welcoming.
Mrs R Lucas
September 2011
Rainbow Cottage is in an idyllic spot away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The perfect place to rest. The games room was great for the family, and the layout of the bungalow was good. A welcome gift is always a nice touch and was much appreciated. The only thing it lacked was wi-fi, something that would have been considered a luxury just a few years ago but that is now considered a necessity, especially by the younger generation! All in all though, 5*, we loved it! Thank you.
November 2010
Lovely cottage with all the facilities you'd need. Lovely wetroom, kitchen, large bedrooms etc. Having a games room helped with the kids as the weather was not good!! Very nice owner who made us very welcome and was around without being intrusive at all; very friendly and helpful. Having sheep, horses and ducks at the edge of the property made it even more special.
January 2011
Enjoyed a wonderful weekend at Rainbow Cottage, very nice position. Enjoyed several walks from the cottage. Games room was a bonus!
Mr Scott
September 2014
On our arrival we were met by the owner who showed us around everything and was a fantastic host throughout the holiday. The accommodation was very big and comfortable and very well thought out with fabulous country views all around. We would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday, a perfect holiday retreat.
December 2009
The location was perfect for two small children in to every thing. It was a safe environment for them and as a working farm had plenty to keep them interested. Soulby is a beautiful village and has recently received an award. Local eating places were of a high standard. The accomodation was comfortable and 'children friendly' I would definitely consider it again when I have the energy to take on two small children again.
December 2009
The location of this barn conversion outside the village of Soulby, down a long pitted track, was certainly secluded. The field next to the house with a stream running through it was ideal for the grandchild and the dog. The barn, all on one level, was also ideal for the grandchild to ride on the wooden trike bike kindly provided by the owner, and the bottle of wine & flowers were a nice gesture. We used this house as a base for a family party we were attending at a hotel in nearby Appleby, and even invited a few of the family back after the party for a few glasses of fizz, and sat in the lounge ( plenty of seats ) arounfd the clever and very warming gas fire.
December 2009
The cottage was fabulous size. Light and airy with plenty of space for 2 teenagers and 4 adults. The house was very warm & cosy with comfortable beds. Everything we needed in the house and kitchen. Landlord/owever was very helpful and greeted us with fresh flowers and a very nice bottle of red. Will definately be visiting again. Even the horrendous flooding and rain didn't spoil our relaxing weekend at Rainbow Cottage.
Mrs Steventon
October 2015
It was fantastic to stay in a cottage that was so eminently suitable for my disabled husband who has a motorised wheelchair and also suitable for the family's needs. The cottage was lovely and warm and extremely well equipped. The owners couldn't have been more pleasant.
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