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The Cow Byre Countryside Cottage in Barras, Cumbria

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sleeps 2
1 room
2 bathrooms

The Cow Byre Countryside Cottage description

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The Cow Byre is a stone built semi-detached cottage, attached to the owners' farmhouse in the pretty hamlet of Barra, five miles of Kirkby Stephen. This superb cottage sleeps two people and has one king-size four poster bed with en-suite bathroom. This delightful cottage also has an open plan living area with kitchen, a dining area, sitting area with French doors to patio area and a ground floor basin and WC. To the outside of this cottage there is off road parking for two cars, outside storage area for bikes and walking equipment, a patio with garden furniture and a small garden area. Cow Byre cottage is a wonderful holiday home for a romantic breakaway.

Barras is a rural hamlet surrounded by farm meadows, pastures and fells. Five miles away is the market town of Kirkby Stephen, which offers shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes. The area around Barras is a walkers and cyclists haven, plus the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks are close by. Barras is a perfect base, at any time of year.

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.

Oil central heating with woodburning stove in sitting area. Electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, wall-mounted flat screen TV with Freeview and built-in DVD player, CD/radio, WiFi, library of books and DVDs. Oil, electricity and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent. Extra fuel for woodburner available on an honesty box basis. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot and highchair available. Off road parking for two cars. Outside storage area for bikes, walking equipment etc. Small garden area with patio, garden furniture and BBQ. Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Shop 3 miles, pub 2 miles. Note: The bedroom is accessed via an open plan staircase from the sitting area.


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  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Great view
  • High chair
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Log fire
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi
  • Rural location

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Mrs Crocker
July 2016
An amazing little place, perfect for two. It is beautifully renovated decorated. The views were amazing and it was lovely having outside space to enjoy them and the wildlife.
Ms Bucknill
June 2016
Everything was exactly as described and more! Loved all the extra touches which made it more personal. An ideal base for both Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales. We had a wonderful week.
Mrs O'connor
March 2016
Lovely cottage with exceptional furnishings and a view to look at all day and never be bored. The owners were friendly and helpful.
Miss Heeley
May 2016
The owners have clearly put a great deal of thought into the barn and the decor is fabulous. The bed is so comfy and the whole place is immaculate. The location is great, the views from the sitting area were lovely and we couldn't have asked for anything more. We really enjoyed our weekend and will recommend to friends.
Mrs Crichton
February 2016
The cottage is in a beautiful location, perfect for an escape away from the real world. I loved its rural location and beautiful views. The cottage is fantastically renovated and we couldn't stop admiring it. The view from the sofa over the hills is just one you can stare at all day!
Mrs Doggett
September 2015
A very relaxing and romantic place to stay with tranquil surroundings and a cosy log burning stove.
Miss Hough
November 2015
The perfect romantic retreat to unwind and relax in. We had a fantastic time from beginning to end.
Mr Rutherford
February 2016
The Cow Byre is a beautiful and quirky cottage with great views. The owner has gone out of their way to think of everything - making it a real home from home. The location is really peaceful yet not too far from the nearest town. Loved it!
Miss Ellam
August 2015
Had an amazing time at The Cow Byre, such a comfortable and accommodating place which was the perfect base for a peaceful holiday. Would recommend to anyone and will definitely be returning!
Mr Warden
June 2015
This was an amazingly decorated and brilliantly converted space. Go now!
Mr Deacon
April 2015
A superb cottage with beautiful views. Lovely and cosy, a great base for the surrounding attractions.
Mr Robinson
November 2014
The Cow Byre is very comfortable and in a very relaxing setting, the peace and quiet was lovely!!
Dr Storton
January 2015
Incredible property.
Miss Pugh
March 2015
Beautiful cottage in a wonderfully secluded setting! Couldn't have enjoyed our get away any more as we got engaged in the Lake District and enjoyed our special and unforgettable weekend together in The Cow Byre! Thanks.
Mrs Virtue
March 2015
The Cow Byre was everything we could have hoped for!
Mr Donovan
April 2015
A peaceful location lovely cottage with great views over the Dales. The owners were great providing us with info on walks and the local area, nothing was too much trouble. We would definitely return to The Cow Byre.
Mrs Moran
March 2014
Fantastic cottage, lovely little extra touches to make our stay even more special. The owners of the cottage are so nice and have thought of everything. Very clean cottage. We had the most amazing weekend, thank you!
Mr Smith
March 2014
The location and property were perfect, it felt homely and great to come back to at the night time after day trips out. Couldn't recommend the cottage enough, pleasant stay and perfect setting for a holiday.
Ms Batkin
April 2014
Beautiful cottage in ideal rural location, we really enjoyed our week in this secluded part of the Eden Valley. Excellent base for our walking holiday.
Ms Wearne
April 2014
Wonderful cottage in an idyllic countryside setting.
Mr Jackson
May 2014
Quite simply superb!
Mr Thorpe
July 2014
We had a fantastic week at Cow Byre. This cottage is beautiful, with bags of character and amazing views. Located between the Lakes and the Dales, perfect if you love walking. If walking is not your bag, then you are only 30-40 minutes drive to the beautiful Lake District. We loved our holiday at Cow Byre!
Mrs Callaghan
January 2014
The property was beautifully furnished with great attention to the design and detail. A really comfortable place to relax and unwind. All the extra touches including the roll top bath in the bedroom, crystal chandeliers and the bottle of complimentary champagne chilling in the fridge on arrival made for a really special break away. Special mention to the owners for all their help and assistance, nothing was too much trouble. We hope to find our way back to The Cow Byre very soon.
Miss Bell
January 2014
What a beautiful cottage! The photos do not really show you how lovely it is. On arrival we found we had been left a welcome card, bottle of wine and eggs and milk. The attention to detail when decorating was wonderful and everything was of the highest quality. Would definitely recommend this for a romantic country break. We had a fabulous time!
Miss McDonald
October 2013
The Cow Byre was an absolutely stunning property. Our hosts had thought of everything, and it by far exceeded our expectations. A perfect retreat, and I am looking forward to visiting there again in the future.
Miss Dodds
October 2013
I loved the cosy feel to the cottage and the fire, I also loved the bath tub! The bed was gorgeous, feather filled pillows were amazing! Had a lovely stay!
Mr Robinson
November 2013
Lovely welcome and great hospitality from the hosts. The tranquillity was really appreciated, whilst the stunning views and quality of accommodation made for a fantastic week.
Miss Robinson
November 2013
The Cow Byre is amazing! The scenery and log fire was bliss! Will most definitely be back!
Miss Gordon
August 2013
It was the perfect place for a very relaxing honeymoon in a beautiful peaceful location. The Cow Byre was decorated and equipped to a high standard for a luxurious stay.
Miss Corso
September 2013
Our host were most welcoming, the fire stove was all ready for us, only needed to light a match. The cottage was quiet and cosy.
Mrs Overton
September 2013
From the second we arrived we loved absolutely everything about the property, the view, the gorgeous furnishings, especially the bath upstairs in the bedroom. It was clean, homely and so relaxing. Absolute perfection!!
Mr Gilliver
June 2013
The cottage is perfect. Nice personal touches and nothing was too much trouble. Cannot recommend this highly enough.
Miss Elliot
May 2013
Absolutely beautiful place with stunning views. We were made to feel welcome the second we stepped through the door and were greeted by wine and cookies. The house was immaculate and i enjoyed many evenings having a relaxing bath whilst my partner watched TV downstairs. A really enjoyable stay and we will definitely be back!!!
Miss Darch
May 2013
Fantastic views. The property was nice and warm and in a peaceful location. Comfy bed. Loads to do in the area.
Mrs Wilson
May 2013
It was just perfect. We knew the pictures looked lovely but was so much nicer in the flesh, which is always a bonus! The owners were fab too. Very friendly and left us wine, eggs, chocolates and cookies!
Mr Higgins
May 2013
The photos did not do the cottage justice. The cottage was excellent, with great views and an apple tree in the garden that was host to a variety of birds, including a woodpecker and a red squirrel. Overall, a great place to relax.
Mrs Laird
July 2012
We loved the peace and quietness of the cottage - total relaxation - just what the doctor ordered.
Mrs Laird
August 2012
We loved the peace and quiet and just being away from everything. The cottage has been refurbished beautifully. My husband had doctor's orders to completely rest and that we did, even on the rainy days with DVDs, lovely views and a couple of bottles! We relaxed.
Mr Leeworthy
August 2012
Loved the peace and quiet. The Cow Byre was brilliant, will be recommending it to my family and friends. The view was spectacular, would love to visit again.
Mrs McKinlay
September 2012
It was exactly as described in the brochure. Very quiet and great views.
Mr Mugridge
October 2012
What a fantastic little cottage so homely and the little touches throughout the cottage from the wine, chocolates, cookies, eggs and milk on arrival, with a welcome card to the logs and the honesty box were just perfect! Beautiful views from the property. Fantastic location. Will definitely visit The Cow Byre again. All in all perfect!!
Mr Goodger
November 2012
We both really loved The Cow Byre Cottage. We especially liked the well thought out use of the property and its presentation, particularly the salvaged refurbished very large claw foot bath!
Ms Martin
December 2012
This cottage is fantastic and the location is wonderful for exploring the Peaks the Lake District. The view from the cottage was unbeatable!
Mr Warren
February 2013
How peaceful the property was, and the transport links to the lake district was brilliant. Overall it was best holiday my wife and I have taken in a long time.
Mr Evans
August 2011
The property was absolutely perfect in every detail and exceeded our expectations!
Miss Rhiannah McCabe
September 2011
Everything about the Cow Byre was wonderful, location, cottage and owners. You should go!
Mrs Levenson
September 2011
The cottage was lovely and quiet, which is what we wanted. There are plenty of places of interest to visit. The scenery is beautiful.
Mrs Wilson
September 2011
Having the wood burning stove was a real luxury on chilly evenings. A beautifully decorated little cottage which we would be happy to recommend, along with Sykes Cottages.
Mr Low
March 2013
The Cow Barn was just as lovely on our second visit. The owners go out of their way to ensure you have a perfect stay, we'll be back without a doubt!
Mr Clark
July 2012
The layout was quite unique and quirky. The views very spectacular and quiet surroundings. Just the right side of quaint!
Mrs Laird
July 2012
The cottage was just what we needed. My husband needed complete rest after a bout in hospital, and this was the place to be. The cottage has been beautifully refurbished with views to die for, peace and tranquillity miles from anywhere. Would recommend it to all our friends.
September 2016
Just way too lovely! Cannot describe this location! The guest house feels more like 5star hotel! I feel like buying the place forever, so I can come by whenever I like. The home owner as given everything a couple could need to make this stay most comfortable! The homeowner gave us very warm hospitality. AMAZING is all I can say! I would recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a honeymoon or just getaway from busy city life.
Mrs Peedle
July 2012
What a fantastic holiday for our 20th wedding anniversary, the cottage had every thing you need, even the hair dryer and iron complete With ironing board. Bed was the comfiest I ever slept in. The view was amazing and fantastic to have to tree to see the birds, (blue/yellow tits, wood pecker and red squirrel). It was nice to watch the telly from down and upstairs in the bed, the cottage was clean and fresh with some old and modern decor, really wanted to stay another week, you could spend your time in the cottage without going out anywhere, superb.
Miss Swainson
February 2012
Beautiful cottage in beautiful surroundings. So peaceful, all in all a very relaxing break.
Miss West
October 2011
A gorgeous little cottage - perfect for a couple and with all the things you would need for a short break away. Amazing views from the living room doors and patio area. The wine and biscuits on arrival were a really nice touch, and there's lots to do around the local towns. The wood-burner was a treat too.
Mr Bishop
July 2011
The cottage and surrounding areas were stunning! The owners made us feel very welcome and we will be returning again!
Mr Seddon
August 2011
The Cow Byre is a really fabulous cottage in a beautiful setting. We highly recommend it.
Miss Roberts
June 2011
We were looking for a quiet, peaceful relaxing break and got exactly what we were looking for. The views were stunning and there was a good range of activities nearby. We went to the highest pub in Britain which was a lovely experience. The area was beautiful and we would definitely go back again.
June 2015
Just back from an amazing week at the Cow Byre, wonderful views, wildlife right outside the door, excellent hosts, we couldn't have asked for any more. Would thoroughly recommend!
January 2016
The cow byre was perfect, and just what my partner and I wanted for a romantic getaway. The view from the sofa and sitting outside with a glass of wine was particularly amazing. As it's in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District it's perfect for ramblers, although most of the classic walks in the lakes were a bit of a drive away. The owners completely leave you to it, so you're in your own little haven.
Joanna L
September 2016
My wife and i had a lovely time in the cow Byrne for our honeymoon,the owners are lovely and make you feel very welcome in there lovely cottage,of what they built together from scratch they have done a marvellous job, i would recommend this place to friends and family.
April 2015
My husband I stayed here for 5 nights for our honeymoon in March. It was absolutely perfect, such a romantic hideaway. We will definitely be returning. The whole cottage is perfectly kitted out for 2.
December 2014
The most beautiful cottage I have ever had the pleasure of staying in. We had never heard of Kirkby Stephen and I am so glad we stumbled across it and The Cow Byre. Gorgeous location, beautiful views, lovely people, amazing cottage, great pubs....we had the most wonderful time. Complimentary wifi, a huge dvd cupboard...incredibly clean! We haven't stopped telling our friends and family and recommending it to others. Fantastic 4 poster bed, huge roll top bath....everything you need...even a bottle of wine and cookies, milk and eggs...Thank-you....for a wonderful stay! Amy and Phil x
March 2015
We just returned from a three night stay at Cow Byre Cottage. The cottage is maintained to a very high standard and one of the quirkiest places I've stayed. Cow Byre has a lovely homely feel about it which is even better once you get the open log burning stove going on a cold March windy night. We took all of our own provisions and everything else we needed for a nice weekend away from it all. The grounds are very welcoming and all prior instructions are easy to follow i.e. where to park, where the key is etc. The owners where very thoughtful in the gifts they left. I won't go on too much about the Cottage as you need to visit for yourselves. The area is a walkers paradise with open fells, nature reserves etc. If you don't want to venture out on arrival to Cow Byre you need no go any further than the window as it's a bird watchers paradise, cameras to the ready and enjoy your stay; I know we did.
January 2015
This idyllic cottage is a perfect location for a short relaxing break with very easy access to both the east of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Cottage is furnished with lovely attention to detail and provides quirky and endearing living space for young couples. We loved the open plan layout of the cottage - especially the views out over the hills from the fantastic bath!! We would definitely return to the cottage. Our every need was catered for while also giving us the privacy and space we wanted for our mini-moon! Highly reccommend!
January 2014
From the wine, cookies and welcome card to the wonderful slippers and bathrobes it was clear that the owners really care about this property and the guests that stay there. Really great attention to detail made this the perfect getaway cottage. The photos really don't do it justice. Everything was just wonderful I would highly recommend staying here - although possibly not in January as the weather was appalling! The restaurant guide came in handy and on Saturday night we had a great indian meal in Kirkby Stephen, about 5 miles away.
February 2015
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Cow Byre for 3 nights for a short break during his birthday period. The property was exquisite and luxurious with roll top bath, wood burning stove and four poster bed, absolutely 5 star. The break was everything we wanted and more, the accommodation had everything we needed for a more than comfortable stay as well as lovely extras such as bathrobes, slippers and a great DVD collection. Upon arrival we were greeted with a bottle of wine, a personalised card, chocolates and eggs and milk in the fridge! The views were superb and and the surrounding areas fantastic and accessible. Lisa and Mark provided a useful folder containing info about the property and also surrounding pubs, activities and things to see. We honestly could not fault a single thing about this accommodation or our stay- we shall definately be returning! Thanks again Kate & David
August 2011
Beautifull cottage, renovated with fantastic attention to detail. Owners left a welcome card, chocolates, wine, biscuits, eggs and milk. Wood burning stov] laid ready to light. Spotlessly clean bed linen, towels and robes waiting for us. Toiletries in the downstairs cloakroom Peaceful stay in a stunning location. We sat watching birds, rabbits and deer from our private patio area, I can;t think of anything that could be improved on!
January 2012
Everything about our weekend was just perfect, the wine & biscuits on arrival, milk & eggs in the fridge & wood for the stove. The cottage was lovely from the four poster bed, with the views over the countryside when sat in the bath. We would reccommend a walk to High Force & a visit to Tan Hill (highest pub in England) All in all a perfect weekend getaway!!
January 2013
This rental is fantastic -- it's everything the picture shows and more. The view from the windows is gorgeous -- rolling hills for miles. The bed is super comfy, and the amenities are all there...great kitchen, clawfoot tub --the works! There was nothing bad about this place -- the owners are great as well!
May 2013
We stayed here for our 1st wedding anniversary in May and it has been beautiful! The photos of The Cow Byre are lovely but really didn't do it justice. We were amazed at how lovely it was is the flesh! When we arrived we had milk, eggs, wine and cookies waiting for us, which was a lovely touch. The place is immaculate and decor is completely my taste. We spent the first day just saying how we could live here! I really can't rate it enough. Mark and Lisa were fab. Really friendly and helpful. The cottage is full of information on where to visit, which was really helpful. It's really nice to actually go somewhere and it be this perfect as there is usually something that can put a bit of a dampner on your holiday but there has literally been nothing. This has been nicer than our 2 week honeymoon abroad, even though the weather hasn't been brilliant, it hasnt mattered as its just nice to be here and everything be so easy! We will certainly be returning!
Rachel M
March 2014
We recently spent a long weekend at the cow byre. We loved it from the welcome card, wine and chocolates to the home from home comforts. The cottage had everythig we needed and was surrounded by lovely walks and close by to Kirby Stephen. We are looking forward to returning in the bear future. Thank you for a wonderful stay.
Charley B
November 2014
One of the most beautiful and individual cottages I have ever seen. Had such a relaxing time and couldn't have enjoyed the mini break more. The wine, cookies and chocolates from Lisa and Mark were a lovely touch as was the milk and eggs. The views were phenomenal and my partner and I got quite used to waking up to such wonderful sights, even for the few short days we stayed. Very much hope to return again. Thank you for having us!
September 2013
It is easy to see why this cottage is popular for honeymoons. The bedroom is like the poshest room in the best hotel you could imagine. The whole cottage is very well equipped, though a little short on storage space.The owners are extremely friendly, without being intrusive. The setting high on the side of the Eden Valley is idyllic, and you will see lots of birds and other wildlife from the living room. From the welcome pack to the bathrobes, it is obviously a cottage that has a lot of love put into it. There was even a 'welcome' card clearly selected to reflect our enthusiasm for butterflies. You feel more like a welcome guest than a customer.
Craig G
July 2013
I booked this for a weekend treat for my wife's birthday and have to say it was the best decision I made! It is simply incredible. The pictures do not do it justice and if you are looking for a perfect, romantic weekend (or longer if you are lucky!) then this has to be the place. Lovely personal touches, such as chocolate, bottle of wine and cookies waiting upon our arrival and fresh milk and eggs all made for a wonderfully relaxing three nights. A perfect base to tour the Lakes but plenty of local walks if you dont fancy driving once you get there. I cannot recommend The Cow Byre enough and hope that one day we will be fortunate enough to return to this small piece of heaven. :)
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