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Brownber Farmhouse

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 12 reviews

Farmhouse | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 13

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

A fabulous stonebuilt detached farmhouse on a quiet lane, lovingly restored with countryside views. Combining original features with modern comforts, this spacious house is an ideal base for large groups of family and friends to to have relaxing break in a beautiful rural location.

The 6 bedrooms are extremely flexible in their layouts so they can accommodate pretty much any combination of family and friends. Whatever your preferred way to relax, you will find somewhere to do it at Brownber: a quiet snug where you can read by the woodburning stove, a less quiet (!) games room with pool table and music, a large dining room to gather for an evening meal, an outdoor hot tub with lovely views or a deep Japanese style bath for a soak, watching red squirrels, rabbits and lambs run around or walk, cycle or run straight from the door across the fells.

Size Sleeps up to 13, 6 bedrooms
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest railway: Kirkby Stephen 8 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Pool or snooker table, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (5), Cots (1), Dining seats for 13, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Ground floor:

Comfy lounge with 3 large sofas, woodburning stove, TV with freeview and DVD player and a huge collection of books.

Well equipped kitchen with breakfast table seating 6, range style electric cooker (two ovens) and gas hob, dishwasher and fridge freezer. TV with freeview.

Dining room with open fire.

Snug with double sofa bed and woodburning stove where you can escape to catch up on a good book and really unwind.

Bathroom with deep Japanese style bath for a luxurious soak, toilet and basin.

Utility room with drying facilites.

Kitchenette with combination microwave, oven and grill, washing machine, double sofa bed and TV with freeview. This room leads to the back garden, hot tub and games room.

First floor:

1 superkingsize and 1 double bedroom both with ensuite shower rooms

2 further superkingsize rooms and a single room with pull out stacka bed

Family bathroom with shower over the bath and basin

Separate toilet

Lower ground floor:

Family bedroom with superking sizebed and separate single


1. all of the superking beds are zip'n'link and can be made up as twins if preferred.

2. the corridor leading to the snug, the snug and the lower ground bedroom have low ceilings/restricted headroom.

Further details outdoors


Large stonebuilt games room with pool table, beer fridge, babq area and adjacent hot tub with lovely views.

Small front gravel garden with planted areas and picnic table.

Enclosed but undulating (!) rear garden with small area of woodland and lots of space for children to play and dogs to roam.

Off road parking for 4/5 cars and lockable bike storage.

Due to livestock in the surrounding fields, pets must be kept under close control when outside the property.

Further details


A lovely, relaxing, peaceful stay at your cottage. Amazing location with wonderful views at every turn. A great place to stay for a large group with so much space - the P and R families from all over! - June 2014

The house is fantastic. You really have thought of everything. The M family from Manchester - Feb 2014

One of the nicest and well equipped holiday cottages I've stayed in. Loved walking the Howgills and seeing this beautiful part of the country - D M from Huddersfield - Feb 2014

The most comfortable and homely house we have stayed in – E M from Hartlepool - New Year 2013

Loved the warm rooms and wood burning stove. Brilliantly equipped and well maintained - The badminton annual reunion - Nov 2013

Lovely welcome. Super for a large family get together but also cosy for three of us to stay the rest of the week - C P from Oswestry - Oct 2013

Wow! Perfect for our 90th get together - P family from Lancashire - Oct 2013

Great weekend, gorgeous house and fantastic spot – Hull Uni girls and spouses - September 2013

We will miss this beautiful house and excellent location – A L from St Albans - Xmas 2013

The house and the surroundings are amazing - H & K families from Northumberland - August 2013

Fab showers and lovely and clean house – TH from Scarborough - July 2013

Why didn't we book for a whole week? - J family from Wales and Scotland - June 2013

Perfect for all our needs, so much space and great for roads trips in the Dales and Lakes - B, K and V families from Kent – May 2013

What a fabulous location. Lots of space and so bright and comfortable – AR from Wigan – April 2013

Cannot fault the house one bit – NC from Blackpool – Mar 2013

Delighted with the house and all its facilities; house was so big, we didn't even notice the kids most of the time! – LK from Hartlepool – New Year 2012/13

Comfortable and spacious; the natural light in the rooms is great and the views stunning – BH from Stockton – July 2012

Home away from home and spoilt for choice for walks – The two D families from Ireland – June 2012

The Cumbria region

Mostly rural, Cumbria is one of the most beautiful regions of the UK and includes the whole of the Lake District, the Eden Valley (where our Cottage lies), the North Pennines and part of the Yorkshire Dales. There are many events and festivals in Cumbria, from the traditional agricultural shows (ours at Ravenstonedale being in August) to more recent ones such as local music festivals including Kendal Calling. A particularly close festival to us is the Appleby horse fair in June.


Brownber House is conveniently situated 6 miles from J38 of the M6 Motorway, at the foot of the Howgill Fells near the villages of Ravenstonedale and Newbiggin On Lune. The Lake District, Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales are all within easy reach and can be viewed from the Coast to Coast route within ½ mile of the house itself.


You can walk, cycle or run out onto the open fells from the doorstep.

Described by Wainwright as "often likened to a huddle of squatting elephants" the Howgill Fells are more undulating than the Lake District mountains but also less crowded. They therefore offer walkers brilliant walking opportunities with the possibility of isolation. There are approximately 40 summits of which several are over 2,000 feet.

The Lake District is easy enough to get to from Brownber by car. Even if you are not a walker, scenic circular drives taking in Kendal in the south to Keswick in the north make a great day out amid stunning scenery.

Orton (5 miles away) holds farmers' markets every second Saturday of every month and has a rather popular choclate shop and factory.


Ravenstonedale is a picturesque village 1 1/2 miles away, where there are some excellent pubs serving food including The Black Swan Hotel, The Kings Head Hotel and The Fat Lamb. There is a new cycle path from our village to Ravenstonedale for those who wish to cycle or walk to these.

There are restaurants, shops, a supermarket and banks in Kirkby Stephen (5 miles away). The railway station at Kirkby Stephen is on the famous Settle to Carlisle line. You can also take trips through The Dales on classic coaches from here.

Kendal is about 17 miles away and has a wide variety of shops, restaurants, supermarkets, a cinema, and a theatre. Sedbergh is only a short, scenic 10 mile drive away, alongside the Howgill Fells and is an attractive town famous for its secondhand book shops.

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Review 1-10 of 12

9 Sep 2014


"Large family accommodation in beautiful surroundings."

Our stay at Brownber house was just what we wanted as a family accommodation that kept all of us ( 12 ) under one roof for a wonderful holiday, the house is spacious and very homely with five bedrooms ( plus extra double futon ) set out in any orientation which suits your stay, two en suites to the master bedrooms and a family bathroom shower and separate toilet, laundry room....brilliant idea, and large kitchen with all the utensils you will ever require, and last but not least two very cosy family rooms with log fires.
For the children the garden at the rear of the house is steep to play on but with permission over the dry stone wall is a slightly flatter field which you may be able to use, if not the local play area is only a few hundred meters away.
Access to the Dales and lake district is easy from this location and I am sure we will certainly use Brownber house again in the future for a family get together.
I would defiantly recommend this property.
Thank you to our hosts.

30 Aug 2014


"Large place with everything u need"

The web site does not do it justice .... Everything u need was their for the family ... Very clean .. Log fires, large farm house type kitchen ... Great views and walks .. 40 mins from the lakes

22 Aug 2014


"Great house & location."

The house was a great size with light airy rooms which are pleasantly decorated. There is plenty of space which came in handy for my large party: 8 adults, 2 teenagers, 1 three yr. + baby & dog. The h… More

24 Feb 2014


"Beautiful setting with wonderful well equipped family house"

Great location, within easy reach of the lakes and dales. Cosy home with everything you could want or need, log fires huge lounge good size rooms, en suites good with great showers. Brilliant for the dogs, lovely walks . Plenty of games and maps! Not to mention the books. Home from home will be returning!

6 Dec 2013


"This is an excellent place to stay."

The hostesses were very welcoming. They made us feel very much at home and the cake with a cup of tea when we arrived was a lovely touch. The fires in the lounge and dining room added to the wonderful warm atmosphere Fantastic scenery and wonderful walking country. The property is spacious and well equipped and the owners will endeavour to find any piece of kitchen equipment should you ask. Lots of room for everyone to be able to find a quiet corner should they wish and for children to explore the house and grounds and work off any excess energy. The utility room is very spacious and very thoughtfully equipped to dry off walking clothes and boots.

25 Nov 2013


"Good house, Good walks, Great stay"

A group of five friends rented the house as a base for a 3 night walking stay. We had a great time. The house was very well stocked and even gave us ample space for drying boots and jackets - it didn't rain much but was wet under foot. We lit log fires when we returned each day and enjoyed the games or watched tv. Brownber has masses of books and maps so don't worry about taking any.
we did two 8 mile walks which gave lovely views even at low level. We even got to a stone circle.

18 Oct 2013


"Comfortable accomadation in a beautiful setting"

Situation ideal for enjoying wonderful scenery either walking or driving.

There are several places to eat well quite close to Brownber House but everything that is required for self catering can be found in the well equipped house.

16 Sep 2013


"Good rural location, ideal for family or friends to get together."

Excellent rural location, handy for motorway. Very spacious accommodation catering for a large group of friends or family, with ample toilet and bathroom facilities. Good local pubs serving excellent food.

7 Sep 2013


"Very comfortable and stunning views"

The house was very clean and comfortable with everything you would need and more.The proprietors were very helpful and welcoming.In a beautiful setting with lovely walks straight from the front door.Ideal base for visiting the Lakes and North Yorks.We can recommend Bessy Beck trout fishing just over the road also the Kings Head at Ravonstonedale 25 mins walk away.

26 Aug 2013


"A real rural retreat!!!"

We stayed here for a week, there were 2 families, 4 adults and 5 children (all under the age of 6).

The property is very easy to find, and is down a private road, which means there is very little to no traffic. On our journey there we got stuck in a traffic jam on teh a66 and were all very tired, but were cheered up when there was a plate of homemade cakes and tea/coffee,milk etc to greet us.

The location of the property is perfect, the views from every window are amazing, and the only noise you here are the sheep!! The cottage itself is very deceiving, the photos online do not give a true picture. The space on offer is enormous with 5 bedrooms. The high ceilings and brilliant lay out meant we didn't feel on top OF each other. The house has everything you need, including 2 ensuites and a lovely wood burning stove in the living room.

There is a large back garden, that is quite slopped , but the children and the men enjoyed going down on there sledges. The walks around the property are brilliant,you really can let the kids and dogs run wild!

It is about 15 mile out of Kendal and Windermere was about 40minutes there is also a soft play area a few minutes away which was great if the weather wasn't playing ball.

I would recommend ordering your food shopping online as they do deliver to the cottage and it frees up your time to enjoy the holiday.

I would definitely return to this property in the future and really hope I do so !!

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