Old Kiln Cottage

North West England Cumbria Kirkby Lonsdale

  • From £145 a night
  • Sleeps 4
  • Walkers Paradise

A perfect walking retreat where the Lakes meets the Dales.

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Situated a few miles north of the popular market town of Kirkby Lonsdale, on the western side of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Old Kiln Cottage is a beautiful, two-bedroom country property. Ideal for either a couple or a family of four, it has been recently renovated from top to bottom and is deliciously rustic – perfectly reflecting its rural location yet with all the contemporary comforts that you need. It's an ideal location for a walking holiday, with the Yorkshire Dales on your doorstep and the legendary heights of the Lake District not much further afield.

Although the cottage has been restored, it has retained a lot of its most characterful features, with flagstone floors, beams and barn-style doors. Upstairs it has two bedrooms, both furnished with king-size beds, and a family bathroom, while downstairs there's a very well-equipped modern kitchen, with an oven, hob, fridge, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine.  It's all super-cosy, with central heating and super-fast wifi throughout. The comfortable living room has a gas log-burner stove and a TV with Freeview and Netflix, while outside there's a landscaped garden and patio areas with a dining table offering the opportunity for al fresco meals while enjoying the wonderful views over Middleton Fell to the north and Barbon Low and the High Fells to east.

However, one of the best things about Old Kiln Cottage is that there is so much to see and do nearby, including enough walks from your front door that you can leave your car keys in your pocket. The 'book town' of Sedbergh, just 8 miles to the north, is well placed for walks in the relatively unknown Howgill Fells, while the cottage's location in the sociable village of Barbon is also a huge plus, with a pub – the Barbon Inn – and the Church Mouse café-deli offering sustenance after long day's hikes. Kirkby Lonsdale is just 4 miles away, and is an attractive small town with plenty of facilities, while to the southeast there's Ingleton, with its waterfalls, walks on Ingleborough Fell and the popular attraction of White Scar Cave.  The owners Martyn and Sara live nearby and know the area very well so have lots of tips on the best pubs and restaurants – and of course the very best walks!

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Old kiln Cottage comprises of:

 - comfortable living room with central heating and a gas wood burner stove for those cosy evenings watching a film or playing board games

- modern, well equipped kitchen with gas hob, electric oven, microwave, and fridge with compact freezer

- handy ground floor cloakroom

- light and airy first floor bedroom with a king size bed, TV and delightful views to the rear of the cottage

- spacious family bathroom with a walk-in shower, vanity unit and dreamy views over the fells

- second floor 'loft style' bedroom with king size bed, TV, and the cutest little cottage window ever!

- landscaped garden with two patio areas and dining furniture for eating 'al fresco' on those warmer summer days

- car parking for two cars

- superfast broadband throughout

- all 3 Televisions have Freeview and Netflix

- both bedrooms are supplied with hair driers

Please note:

- there are potentially tricky stairs to both floors and no stair gates

- Old Kiln Cottage is a pet free, no smoking property

Suitable For

Old Kin Cottage accommodates up to 4 people. With 2 comfortable bedrooms, each with a king size bed, the cottage is perfect for families preferring a quiet rural retreat, friends wanting a walking weekend, or couples looking for a cosy cottage!


Perfect for walking:

Where the Lakes meets the Dales, Old Kiln Cottage is ideally situated for those looking to get their walking boots on and explore some of the quieter areas of the two National Parks. With the Barbon Fells and Middleton Fell on the door step, you can leave the car keys behind and enjoy some stunning views over the Lunesdale Valley before heading back to a warm welcome at The Barbon Inn, or The Church Mouse Café / Deli. Only a short drive north however, lies the attractive 'book town' of Sedbergh with the spectacular Howgill Fells, often over looked in favour of their more famous neighbours, but nevertheless home to Englands highest waterfall, Cautley Cragg. To the South East of Barbon, Ingleton is definitely worth a visit too, with the popular Waterfall Trail, White Scar Cave and paths over Ingleborough to explore ... the choice is yours!

Kirkby Lonsdale:

For a more restful day, the market town of Kirkby Lonsdale is just 4 miles away where you can take a stroll along the River Lune from Devil's Bridge and take in Ruskins View before browsing in the many independent shops and deciding where to go for lunch ...  maybe just a light lunch at The Lunesdale Bakery, (lovely cooked breakfast or homemade soups), Plato's Bistro (great gin and cocktail menu!), The Sun Inn (traditional pub with character and charm), or try out the amazing artisan ice-creams from the Milking Parlour (a must on any day - not just when the weather's warm!)

Some favourites further afield:

Low Sizergh Barn Farm Shop - watch the cows being milked whilst enjoying afternoon tea

Sizergh Castle - a National Trust gem ... imposing medieval house set in beautiful grounds

The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal - the 3 screen cinema and pizzas from the VAT's Bar make a great rainy day option

Lakeland Segways, Cartmel - a fun tour around the grounds of Holker Estates, guaranteed to make you smile

Grizedale Forest - gentle walks following the sculpture trails, mountain bike tracks or Go Ape for the more adventurous

Brockhole Visitor Centre, Windermere - everything for a great family day out from an amazing adventure playground to laser clay shooting and rowing boat

Food & Drink


The Church Mouse - a 'stones throw' from Old Kiln Cottage serving light lunches including delicious homemade soup

The Barbon Inn - a minutes stroll from the cottage, serving traditional Lakeland food

Kirkby Lonsdale:

The Lunesdale Bakery - great cooked breakfast and homemade soups (you won't go hungry!)

Plato's Bistro - worth booking in advance as this is a popular choice with locals and tourist

The Royal Barn - a unique venue with the best selection of craft beers

The Sun Inn - a choice for foodies with a superb Sunday lunch

The Milking Parlour - artisan ice cream, locally produced and flavour combinations to die for!


Low Sizergh Barn - hearty Cumbrian food, made with eggs from their hens, milk from their cows, and fruit from their orchards

Baba Ganoush - tucked away down one of Kendal's many alley ways but definitely worth seeking out just for the fab homemade soups

Homeground - best place for brunch or coffee and cake in Windermere ... just try the fruity baked oats or eggs benedict with ham!

Chesters by the River - lovely setting by Skelwith Bridge with a great range of wholesome, vegan choices in the restaurant and an amazing takeaway bar with tasty pasties, perfect for picnic lunches by the river


Available all year.


£140 per night throughout the 2022 season. No seasonal price changes - we like to keep things simple!

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The Owner Says

'' We knew this was the project for us as soon as we pulled up outside Old Kiln Cottage. Despite the overgrown garden, shabby windows and tired paintwork, the cottage is set in the most idyllic location and we instantly knew that we wanted to bring it back to life! We love it more than ever now and hope our guests feel just as home here as we do.''

Sara and Martyn


Contact Website  07539 437 557  Old Kiln Cottage, Barbon, Cumbria, ​LA6 2LN

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Getting There

From M6:
Exit at junction 36. Follow for Kirkby Lonsdale A65 for 9 miles.
Immediately after Kirkby Lonsdale turn left on to the A683 signposted Casterton / Sedbergh.
Continue through Casterton village, then take the first turning right, signed to Barbon.
Follow the right fork to the village and Old Kiln Cottage is on the corner, the first in a row of three (25m before The Church Mouse). Parking is to the rear of the property.

From A65 East (Yorkshire):
keep on the A65 and follow as above from A683 turning.

From Sedbergh:
Follow A683 from Sedbergh for 8 miles.
Turn left at first sign post to Barbon and continue to village.
Turn right at the memorial cross, pass The Church Mouse on left and we are 25m further along on the left, the first in a row of three cottages. Parking is to the rear of the property.


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  • Parking
  • Wifi
  • Adults only
  • Family-Friendly
  • Sensational Views
  • Short walk to pub
  • Walking
  • BBQs
  • Exclusive hire
  • Activities
  • Bicycle Routes
  • Hills & Mountains
  • Romantic Retreat

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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews


Great place to stay

Just stayed here for a three day short break. The cottage is really well equipped, to a very high standard. Lovely garden and ample parking and Sara and Martyn have thought of everything. Great Wifi, better than ours at home, washing machine, tumble drier dish washer and well equipped kitchen. Kirby lonsdale nice local town, scenery and countryside spectacular. We did visit the local pub for a drink, but settled back in the cottage for dinner, cosy fire and Netflix.
Jun 29, 2021 by Jane Francis

Beautiful peaceful escape, gorgeous cottage

We booked this cottage for a walking weekend as it was ideally placed between the Yorkshire dales and the lakes, it was perfect - cozy and well decorated with all the modern appliances you could need (including Netflix!). I even took photos as inspiration for decorating my house! The Barbon Inn is a two minute walk and did a beautiful roast dinner on Sunday. There was a peaceful friendly feel to the village with barbon beck just behind the cottage for walks. Kendal is close by as is Kirkby Lonsdale for a top up on supplies. Would absolutely recommend, we had a lovely time!
Dec 14, 2020 by Charlotte Dempster

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