This property has been built very much with the environment in mind, allowing a party of up to eight people to enjoy a relaxing holiday, without worrying about the size of your carbon footprint. 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 of...fer 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.
Amenities: Geothermal underfloor heating. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD, CD/radio, library of books/games. All fuel & power inc. in rent. Bed linen & towels inc. in rent. Cot & highchair on request. Off road parking for 5 cars. Patio & courtyard with furniture & BBQ. Two well-behaved dogs welcome. Horses welcome by arrangement with owners. Sorry, no smoking. Shop & 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, those in a wheelchair and accompanied disabled.
Region: 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.
Town: 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.
Additional amenities include: ping pong table, game room, high chair, cooker.Read more
All prices are inclusive of the booking fee. Winter Short Breaks (WSB) are available at many properties in the "Winter" period - subject to availability. Extra nights are charged pro rata of the weekly rental. Off Season Breaks (OSB) are available at many properties in parts of the "Low" and "Mid" periods - subject to availability. The price for a 3 night break is either 75% of the normal weekly rental or, if it is higher, the quoted Winter Short Break price. Extra nights are charged pro rata of the weekly rental. OSBs can be booked within a calendar month of the start date of the holiday. "Last Minute Breaks" (LMB) are available at most properties throughout the "LOW", "MID", "HIGH", "PEAK", "XMAS" and "NEW YEAR" periods. The price for a 3 night break is either 65% of the normal weekly rental or, if it is higher, the quoted Winter Short Break price. Extra nights are charged pro rata of the weekly rental. LMBs can be booked within one week of the start date of the holiday.
Left on 10/22/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | Martin from southampton
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!
Mrs R Lucas
A little piece of paradise!
Left on 09/16/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | Mrs R Lucas
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.
Left on 01/06/2011 for a stay in November 2010 | The Hampson's
Enjoyed a wonderful weekend at Rainbow Cottage, very nice position. Enjoyed several walks from the cottage. Games room was a bonus!
Left on 11/05/2010 for a stay in March 2010 | Moyra
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.
Left on 06/03/2010 for a stay in April 2010 | Bill Boyer
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.
Fantastic cottage, incredible holiday!!!
Left on 05/15/2010 for a stay in February 2010 | Millie
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.
Very spacious, cosy and beautiful setting, even the rain didn't
Left on 12/03/2009 for a stay in November 2009 | Mrs B
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.
Ripon, North Yorkshire
A wet weekend !
Left on 12/03/2009 for a stay in November 2009 | Stuart
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.
Worn out Grandad
Pickering North Yorkshire
Holiday with the Grandchildren
Left on 12/03/2009 for a stay in July 2009 | Worn out Grandad
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.
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