Nelson Barn

Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria

A stunning barn for families (heaven for kids) or groups near Kirkby Stephen; this is a fine base for exploring Cumbria's great outdoors


8 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8


The eco-friendly renovation of this 1740s drovers’ stable reflects Katie’s canny eye for design. Handmade furniture shows off exquisite carpentry skills, from a fabulous kids’ bunk – which appears suspended from a ceiling beam – to a large birch dining table in the open-plan living room. All that families and walkers could want has been thought of, yet practicalities aside, the decor has a touch of theatre: a rocking horse, animal design lampshades, a mirror in an artist’s easel… all amid a sophisticated grey palette with splashes of lime and leafy patterns that echo the greenery of this very rural area. Behind the kitchen’s Belling range, a perspex map lets you plan your next walk while you cook. Along with two stylish doubles, there’s a bunk room for adults and a colourful kids’ room with beanbags and toys. Outside, a sand pit and climbing frame on the lawn and a village green for football or catch. Beyond lies rolling farmland with walks and bike rides from the door, horse-riding, fishing and more. Marvellous to return to your welcome basket of goodies and a wood-burner with logs on the house.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £121
Weekly price
from £850
3-night stay, £590.
1 Barn for 8
From £1218 beds4 bedrooms


A beautifully presented and stylish barn. We loved the open plan living/kitchen which was well equipped and Katie had kindly left us the essential milk, bread, butter, eggs, cake flowers & wine which were v much appreciated. The beds were super comfy with lovely crisp bedding and the children’s rooms had lovely bunk beds and a beautiful mural. We were spoilt with glorious sunshine which enabled the children to play in the lovely garden and village green. It was so peaceful and relaxing and Katie was so helpful and friendly. Highly recommend.

Sophie, Bingley

Just had a lovely family holiday at Nelson Barn, it’s stylish, relaxing and cosy and there’s so much to see and do in the area. Katie couldn’t have been more helpful and the welcoming treats including home-made marmalade were much appreciated!

Nancy, Campbeltown

We stayed at Nelson Barn over the Christmas period and it was a real treat. The barn is beautifully finished with lovely unique touches all over the place. I especially liked the kitchen area and the kitchen table, very unusual and a great social area for all the family. The bedrooms are top notch, the bunk rooms looked good enough for adults too. Loads of hot water and heating, great for when you get back from the long walks. There is a log burner which is easy to start and adds to the overall ambience of the place. A great place for a family get together.

Phil, Shoreham by sea

Wonderful stay at a gorgeous barn. Hope to be back soon.


We had a lovely time here, enjoying the spring weather and going for walks. Hares, curlew and lapwings were a lovely treat. Gorgeous and comfy cottage.

Robin, Edinburgh

We've loved staying here. The barn is so comfortable, gorgeously decorated, very warm & cosy with comfy beds. We really enjoyed sitting around the big table in the kitchen, meeting the local ducks, pottering in the garden & on the green. Our 4 year old was crying when we had to leave, he prefers this to his own house! Our favourite local days out were 1) Lowther Castle - really atmospheric, great for the kids, amazing cafe 2) Ulleswater - getting the boat from Pooley Bridge to Howton 3) Aire force - stunning waterfalls with lots of paddling & pottering for kids. Have booked again for next year

Trevor, York

Lovely cottage, beautifully clean and well furnished. Well equipped kitchen, family dining area and comfortable lounge. We had a lovely week here and throughly recommend it. Great walks around the cottage without taking your car and near enough to drive into the Lake District. Great family holiday with husband, daughter, son in law and two grandsons. Grandsons played safely in the gated garden. Would definitely go again.

Eileen, Sheffield

An ideal place for 2 families with young children. The owner, Katie, is very helpful and can provide the essential baby stuff and tips on things to do in the area. There's also plenty of books, games, dvds for all ages as well as good garden space. The house inside is spacious and as well finished as the photos indicate. During the week we went on local walks, cycling on the viaduct and day trips to the Dales and Lakes.

Ivar, Glasgow

What a fantastic place to bring our extended family for a get together holiday. Nelson's barn was just the right mix, comfortable, cleverly thought out, peaceful and with all mod cons but feeling like you are getting away from it all. Perfectly organised for families, we managed to fit us all in, Granny and Poppa, Daughter and three children (5 year old twins and a baby), Son and two children (4 and 18 months), lots of thoughtful baby stuff like monitors, bouncy chairs, toys, buggy, back pack, high chair and chair stools for toddlers, bean bags for little people and garden toys. Perfect.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Katie Mundy

  • Walk or cycle straight from the door into the gentle rolling hills of the Eden Valley. Try to spot the local hares, red squirrels, heron, curlew, deer, hawks, owls and bats. Visit the wonderful Lowther castle and Rheged centre nearby for great family fun.
  • Sample delicious local food & ales at The Kings Head & The Black Swan, two of Sawday's special places to eat, just a few miles away in Ravenstonedale, or meet the producers themselves at our local farmers markets. We also have a great local pub in Winton.
  • Wainwright's famous coast-to-coast route crosses the surrounding fells and passes through Kirkby Stephen, two miles away, where you can find a butcher, a bakery, green grocer, bank, petrol, tea rooms, gift shops, restaurants, pubs, takeaways and the Coop
  • Locally Brough castle with its impressive ruins is free to enjoy. A yummy ice cream parlour/tearoom with swings, slides & outdoor fun for little people is on site.. Take a ride on a vintage bus to Barnard Castle or Hawes to the Wensleydale cheese factory.
  • Whether you wish to explore the spectacular natural beauty of the Eden Valley, Lake District or Yorkshire Dales National Parks, or visit historic castles, fabulous waterfalls, quiet country pubs with roaring fires Nelson Barn is ideally located.
  • The Settle Carlisle railway runs through Kirkby Stephen, jump aboard as it journeys through some of most scenic regions of the Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines and over the famous Ribblehead Viaduct which featured in the Harry Potter films.