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An eco chic holiday home that's full of indulgence whilst being as sustainable as possible. A cosy and peaceful hidden gem in the Eden Valley with wild and beautiful countryside, nestled between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.

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Rooms: Sleeps 6: 3 ensuite rooms, all kingsize beds (1 can be twin)

£945 - £1,365 per week, £495 - £675 for 3 night weekend break, £600 - £840 4 night mid-week break.

Meals: Champagne welcome hamper included, full of local and home-made goodies. Country Pub 4 fields away.
Open: Open all year round
Address: Low Stennerskeugh, Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4LL
reviewed by greentraveller

Why we've chosen Angel Barn:

Angel Barn is an eco chic holiday home that's full of indulgence whilst being as sustainable as possible. This cosy, peaceful retreat in wild and beautiful countryside, will really look after you. Interiors to die for, exteriors waiting to be explored. Escape to this bolthole and you'll never want to leave.

Bring family, friends or just rent it for yourselves, whatever the season, whatever the weather, Angel Barn will restore life's balance.

With outrageously comfy beds, fantastic fabrics, lush wallpaper in the bathrooms, beautiful handmade furniture (mostly created by Richard) & very posh eco paint throughout, this place has been lovingly renovated to wow.

The sitting room is designed for maximum lounging with sofas & chairs re-upholstered in beautiful British Wool. Snuggle up in front of the wood burning stove, read a book, play games or watch a DVD, plan you next outing on the walking maps provided, or simply sit and watch the wildlife entertain you though the arched patio doors.

The handmade Farrow & Ball painted kitchen will have you fighting to cook up a treat. Everything you need is here, including a Champagne welcome hamper, full of nice things from local producers and some of Debbie's home-made specialities.

Upstairs you'll find the 3 bedrooms carpeted with 100% Cumbrian Herdwick wool carpets, each with their own unique en-suite. You'll have to draw straws over the Master Bedroom, with it's handmade super kingsize 4 poster bed. Richard has created this from the old cow stalls which were found in the barn before renovation started. The other two are slightly smaller, both have kingsize beds and one of them can be made into twin beds when needed. Peace, tranquility and calm is what you'll find in the bedrooms, then step inside the quirky bathrooms and be amazed.

Every effort has gone into making Angel Barn sustainable for the future, insulation is made from local sheep’s wool, heating comes from the ground, electricity generated from the sun, and water from our own fellside spring. It's everything you'd expect from a Green Traveller place, and more!

Debbie & Richard are on hand next door and are very willing to help in any way they can. Max & Cassie are the resident dogs who live outside and always enjoy being taken for a walk. Mandu and Jasmine, the cats, live with the humans are really not allowed in the barn, even if Mandu tries to tell you otherwise. Then there's the chickens who provide you with eggs for breakfast and entertainment at all other times. And finally there's a small flock of sheep headed up by Lulu and Matilda who were once pet lambs and will come if you shout their name.

Julie FalconerJulie FalconerReviewed by Julie Falconer:

'Angel Barn is the perfect place for a country getaway with friends, family, or as a couple. The beautiful surroundings and secluded area make it a great place to relax away from the urban bustle.'

Read Julie's full review of Angel Barn

How does Angel Barn minimise its impact on the environment and contribute to a sense of place?

Angel Barn is well insulated with double thickness sheep's wool sourced from a local firm within Cumbria. Electricity is generated from photovoltaic panels discreetly sited in an old sheep pen. Energy efficient light bulbs are used throughout and outdoor lights are on timers and sensors. All new electrical appliances purchased are A or A+ rated. Heating and hot water are provided by a ground source heat pump. 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, including local bulk toiletries produced 9 miles away. They also compost all kitchen and garden waste, buy second hand furniture as much as possible.

The Barn runs off water supply from an onsite fell-side spring. To reduce water consumption, bathroom products have with low-flow fittings and all cleaning products are eco friendly. All of the food provided in the welcome hampers is locally produced or home-made / home-grown. 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, hire local tradesman for renovations, sponsor local events and donate raffle prizes of B&B nights to good local causes.

Top Eco Features at Angel Barn

  • Heating & hot water are provided by a ground source heat pump. Water comes from hosts' own spring high up on the fell

  • Insulation is provided by double thickness sheep's wool sourced from a local firm within Cumbria

  • Electricity is generated from photovoltaic panels discreetly sited in an old sheep pen. All appliances have been bought new & were chosen for their A-rating efficiency

  • Separate recycling and composting section within the Barn

  • Bulk dispensers for toiletries, which are produced locally (9 miles away)

  • 90% of furniture has been hand made using their own oak or recycled from a previous life



Angel Barn, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, England
Nearest train station: Kirkby Stephen on the Settle to Carlisle Railway

Directions from station:
Angel Barn 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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