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A 4 bedroomed luxury country house nestled in the Eden Valley between the Yorkshire Dales & the Lake District. Wander freely through miles of fells, savour the home-made cakes and bread from the Butler's Pantry and have a tipple at the honesty bar.

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Rooms: 4 rooms: 3 doubles & 1 twin (only 3 rooms sold individually)
Price:

£120 per room for 2 nights or more, £130 per room for one night stays. £440 per night for House Party of 4 rooms (min 2 nights).

Meals: 3 course set menu dinner can be offered to House Parties: £30 pp
Open: All year except Christmas
Address: Low Stennerskeugh, Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4LL
 
reviewed by greentraveller

Why we've chosen A Corner of Eden:

At the end of a leafy lane sits A Corner of Eden, a 4 bedroomed secluded country house B&B, with open fires in lounge & dining room, Honesty Bar and Butlers Pantry with home-made cakes, bread, chutney & cheeseboard. Situated in the Eden Valley between the Yorkshire Dales & the Lake District, it's hidden away in beautiful countryside.

The dining room will be candle lit for breakfast with a glowing fire on all but the warmest of days, and guests are encouraged to enjoy a lazy breakfast whilst still in their dressing gowns if desired. Breakfast is made from fresh locally sourced ingredients and cooked on the Aga. Home-made bread, home-made muesli, organic yoghurts and fruit can be enjoyed alongside a choice of cooked to order options.

During the day you can luxuriate in the cosy lounge in front of the crackling fire, whilst reading magazines or just watching the wildlife go about it’s day outside. Local interest books & maps with highlighted walks are available to use, there are a great variety of walks straight from the door. In fact there is no need for a car once you are here, as the nearest pub is across 4 fields on a foot path and makes for a lovely stroll in the evening.

The house has 4 bedrooms, 3 of which are doubles and one of these a four poster, the final room is a small twin. We only rent out 3 rooms when individual couples book, so that the house has a quiet ambiance and the 2 shared bathrooms are not over crowded.

Enjoy a 'Champagne Candle-lit Bath' prepared for you by Debbie as an added extra. The old cast iron bath will be filled with bubbles, candles lit, incense buring and a chilled bottle of Moet awaiting, whilst a discreet 'Reserved' sign hangs on the door. The main house bathroom enjoys the most amazing views, which stretch 35 miles to view Blencathra in Keswick. The other is a shower room with a large walk in power shower. Both have beautifully restored wooden floors, Bath House toiletries to use and clam white interiors.

Throughout your stay you can enjoy treats from the Butler's Pantry, where you will find a selection of tea & coffee, homemade bread, local cheeses, homemade chutney, fruit and a selection of tempting homemade cakes, all of which are included in the price.

In the Dairy you will also find a well stocked Honesty Bar, with local beers, well priced wine and spirits and the odd bottle of Champagne for special occasions. Help yourself, write down what you've had in the Honesty Bar Book and we'll add it to your bill on departure.

Why not spend some quality time with your closest friends or family.....the whole house with 4 bedrooms can be booked for a unique 'House Party', where you can experience fantastic hospitality and wonderful home cooked food sourced from our kitchen garden or local suppliers. Breakfast is included on both mornings, as well as helping yourself in the Butler's Pantry. Additionally, we can also offer a sumptuous 3 course dinner on one of the evenings, with a menu tailored to suit your group, and make suggestions for a great pub dinner on the other nights. The Honesty Bar adds to the delight of enjoying the party feel at dinner.

We aim to provide a home from home, where you can relax from the moment you step through the door. Go on....treat yourself!!

Reviewed by Julie Falconer:

'A Corner of Eden is a great place to spend a weekend as a couple, family, or solo traveler. For larger groups, renting out the entire B&B is a great idea as well. Debbie and Richard’s warm hospitality, excellent food, and high quality accommodation are well worth the trip.'

Read Julie's full review of A Corner of Eden 

How does A Corner of Eden minimise its impact on the environment and contribute to a sense of place?

The electricity supply is from 100% renewable sources. Electricity and oil usage is monitored on regularly. Energy efficient light bulbs are used throughout and outdoor lights are on timers and sensors. The traditional sash windows have been refurbished by a local tradesman and draft proofed to reduce heat loss. All new electrical appliances purchased are A or A+ rated. The owners take many steps to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, including providing separate recycling bins for glass, paper, cardboard, cans, and plastics, reusing items where possible including storing homemade jams, chutneys, marmalade in collected glass jars and avoiding the purchase of products with unnecessary packaging and when possible bulk purchase items. They also compost all kitchen and garden waste, buy second hand furniture as much as possible. Approximately 90% of the furniture for the B&B is second hand or handmade. They also used re-claimed materials when renovating the farmhouse, such as stone lintels and flags for flooring, timber for wood floors and shelving.

To reduce water consumption, they have installed dual flush toilet, collect rainwater for the garden and only use eco friendly cleaning products, which do not harm the septic system. They grown their own vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers to use in the B&B, as well as keep hens to produce free-range organic eggs. They support local and organic food producers as much as possible. To encourage car-free arrivals, the owners offer to collect guests at the nearby train station. To support the local community, the owners help their farming neighbours during lambing time and hay timing, sponsor local events and donate raffle prizes of B&B nights to good local causes.

Top Eco Features at A Corner of Eden

 
  • Electricity supply is from Ecotricity & is 100% renewable electricity

  • Hosts produce their own jams, chutneys, marmalade, whilst re-using the glass jars they have collected

  • Recycles & composts all kitchen & garden waste. Encouraging guests to join in by providing separate recycling facilities

  • Hosts grow their own vegetables, fruit, herbs & flowers to use in the B&B. Keeping hens to produce own free-range organic eggs

  • Buying second hand furniture & renovating it – approx 90% of the furniture for the B&B was second hand or hand made by Richard

  • For those guests who wish to arrive by train or bus, hosts offer to collect guests from the station

 

Location

Corner of Eden, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria
Nearest train station: Kirkby Stephen on the Settle to Carlisle Railway line

Directions from station:
A Corner of Eden is 4 miles from Kirkby Stephen station, walking is an option if you're up for it. We can collect you by prior arrangement, depending upon time of day. Or you can get a taxi, call Louise at Prima Taxis on 017683 72557, she's great. Unfortunately we're so far out in the sticks that buses don't run frequently enough to catch one.

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.

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