Brownber House


Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria

A smartly stylish base for the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and North Pennines (sleeps 8)

4 Bedrooms

4 Bathrooms

Child friendly

Dog friendly

EV charging


Private garden



Space & setting.

For a country retreat far from the hustle and bustle of city life, this peaceful cottage is pretty perfect. A Victorian farmhouse renovated by a former Soho House architect, it sleeps 8 in 4 handsome bedrooms, with plenty of space to enjoy together and apart. After walking your dogs across the quiet Howgill Fells beyond the garden wall, gather around the woodburner to chat and play Scrabble, bask in the sunny garden or pop to the pub for a local ale. Should you need your batteries recharging you can slink off to a cushioned window seat with a book or go for long soaks in the roll-top tub instead.

There’s loads to uncover in the countryside nearby – head out on on foot, 2 wheels or 4 hoofs and discover the impressive Smardale Ghyll Viaduct, invigorating wild-swimming spots, and the mighty Coast-to-Coast footpath. Though the cottage is deliciously secluded, Kirkby Stephen is just a few miles down the road for frothy coffees and food supplies. A wonderful launchpad for the Dales, Lakes and North Pennines.

Getting here: you’ll need to drive

Owners of Cumbrian Hideaway

“We moved to Howgill Estate (next door) from London in 2016, and renovated the property over several years, filling it with eclectic pieces of furniture and artwork that we love. We took over this house in 2020 and fully renovated that too, with the help of Soho House interiors architect Georgina Rose. We opened it as a self-catering property in 2020 and it did so well that we decided to follow suit with the Estate and turn that into a luxe rental too.” Owners Peter and Amanda

My Kip favourites

They love
“Curling up by the log-burner fire in winter, either watching the constantly changing weather outside, or settling down to watch a film.”

We love
The big views from the front of the property, overlooking fields, hills and fells.

You may not love
Little phone reception but high-speed broadband for calls. You’ll need to drive here.

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Full recycling and EV charging points. Lots of the furniture in the property has been reclaimed/restored by local people. Electricity is from a renewable energy supplier.


  • Mallerstang Ian Cylkowski Photography
    Mallerstang Valley
  • Yorkshire Dales Jamie Davies Photography
    Yorkshire Dales
  • Cumbrian Hideaway
  • Lake District Joseph Whyle Photography
    Lake District
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    Yorkshire Dales
  • Walk through a nature reserve to the infamous Smardale Ghyll Viaduct, or hike to the waterfalls at Cautley Spout.
  • Wander 2 miles to Ravenstonedale for a hearty pub lunch by the fire at The Black Swan.
  • Take a horse-riding hack across the Howgill Fells, and stop at a hidden picnic spot with sensational views.
  • Wild swim or hook some trout from the River Eden; day tickets are available from the local newsagents.
  •  Learn about the area’s traditional weaving and lace-making skills at Farfield Mill, now a multi-arts creative centre, where you can also browse second-hand books and admire local art.
  • Drive over to the Lake District to bag a Wainwright or puff acrross Ullswater in a historic steamer.
  • Drive up to the Tan Hill Innthe highest pub in England, for lunch and sensational views.


  • Standalone house with 4 bedrooms
  • 1 superking/twin with ensuite shower room, 1 king with ensuite shower room, 1 superking, 1 superking/twin
  • 2 additional bathrooms, 1 with Claybrook Studio bathtub, and one with walk-in shower
  • Bramley toiletries
  • Child friendly; baby cot and high chair to borrow
  • Kitchen with electric range oven, gas hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave, kettle, toaster, bean-to-cup coffee machine and basic supplies
  • Generous welcome hamper
  • Book directly with local chefs for private catering
  • Sitting room with Smart TV and Netflix, Marshall bluetooth speakers, books and board games
  • Garden with picnic tables and gas BBQ
  • Firepit area
  • Parking for 3 cars; EV chargers available
  • Walk to pubs in the next village (1 hour); for shops and restaurants drive to Kirby Stephens (10 mins)
  • The owners live 5 mins away, available by phone
  • Dogs warmly welcome
  • House rules: credit card hold for security deposit; no music outdoors
  • Booking conditions: check in is either Friday for 3 nights, Monday for 4 nights, or Fri/Mon for 7+ nights
  • Remember to pack: wellies/walking boots, a waterproof, and midge spray in summer

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40% deposit on booking, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to stay.
Cancellations permitted 12+ weeks prior to stay, with deposit refunded minus a £30 processing fee.
No refunds if booking cancelled within 12 weeks of stay.


Check in: 4pm
Check out: 10.30am

Walk to Ravenstonedale (1.8 miles) which will lead you to two of our great local pubs; the Black Swan and Kings Head.

Its superb dark skies are one of the things that make the Yorkshire Dales National Park so special. With large areas completely free from local light pollution, it’s a fantastic place to start your stargazing adventure. We have binoculars, warm blankets and Thermos flask for your hot chocolate you can rent to make a night of it.

There are a number of nearby wild swimming spots we can recommend.

A great route is to cycle from Brownber to Hawes over the Butter Tubs and then up to Tan Hill; the highest pub in England. We are just off the Lakes and Dales cycling route.

Our nearest stations are Oxenholme (journey to Brownber approx. 25 minutes by taxi, approx. £45 one way) and Kirkby Stephen (10 minutes by taxi to Brownber, but taxis from here will need to be booked in advance!)

We have a 7Kw charger available at Brownber. Just ask when you arrive and we can show you where it is!

On arrival you will find a welcome hamper containing tasty treats. We also leave all the essentials including milk, butter, salt, pepper, olive oil, some tea bags, coffee and sugar in the kitchen.

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