The Black Swan

Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria
+44 (0)15396 23204
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£85 - £150
per night

A cool little inn lost in beautiful hills, child- and dog-friendly, with happy staff and award-winning food


16 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome

£85 - £150 per night

The Experience

A lovely little inn in the middle of a pretty village that’s surrounded by wonderful walking country. It’s all things to all men – a smart restaurant, a lively bar, pretty rooms – and very dog-friendly. A stream runs through the big garden, where you can eat in good weather; free-range hens live in one corner. Inside, country interiors fit the mood perfectly. You get fresh flowers, tartan carpets, games and books galore. There’s a bar for local ales, a sitting-room bar with an open fire, but the hub of the hotel is the bar in the middle, where village life gathers. You can eat wherever you want – there’s an airy restaurant, too – so dig into delicious country fare, with meat from the hills around you: perhaps venison tartare, followed by sea bream or roast local pheasant and a sharp lemon posset to finish. Pretty bedrooms are fantastic for the money. Expect warm colours and super bathrooms; one suite has a wood-burner. Stunning walking waits, the Lakes and Dales are close. 


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


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


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



Nightly price
from £85
Singles £75-£140. 3 double bell tents available.
6 Annexes for 2
From £105
6 Doubles
From £85
4 Suites for 2
From £120


Booking information

Never. Pub closed Tues.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Some dog welcome rooms available.

Lunch from £4.50. Dinner, 3 courses, £25-£30.


Delightful decor, superb service and fabulous food. So many beautiful touches, such as the swan biscuits on the refreshment tray, organic bathroom toiletries or the attentiveness of the staff. We intend to make an annual visit to this very special B&B.

Jill, Bristol

The Black Swan is well established won many awards, and obviously has loyal guests who stay and dine there. We enjoyed this friendly comfortable country inn in a beautiful tranquil village well situated to tour this scenic area. We chose a room at the rear of the hotel which offers perhaps more privacy and peace. Well organised for those travelling with pets, it has an excellent kitchen, lovely pub, outdoor area for drinks and we met delightful fellow guests. Only quibble, ordered the menu specials on Fathers Day evening, obviously what had been served at lunch so not great. Would return here.


This small hotel & pub is run by people who know what they are doing and care! Its welcoming, warm, helpful and relaxing. It offers good value.. Its good to see the owners and the team wanting to make sure visitors are comfortable and enjoying their stay. This is not a boutique hotel, thank goodness. The food tastes as it should. The rooms are comfortable, the pub has plenty of locals who visit and eat there. Easy to get too, well placed for lots of interesting places, walks or daily trips. I'm so pleased I've found the Black Swan. I will return. My thanks to everyone there.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Louise Dinnes

  • Our beautiful conservation village of Ravenstonedale boasts many historic buildings, 12th century Gilbertine ruins, our SSSI River & woodland with resident red squirrels. A lovely place to relax and enjoy the peace & quiet.
  • Did you know you can play Golf or Tennis in the village. Just a few minutes on foot and we can provide you with clubs and rackets. A fabulous selection of golf courses are all within 30 minutes drive and we can arrange special bespoke golfing breaks.
  • Fancy a ride in a vintage bus? Check out Cumbria Classic Coaches. They do a run through beautiful countryside twice a week to Hawes or Barnard Castle
  • The Howgill Fells are the ideal place for short walks, longer hikes or mountain biking. Ask for details, we also have a great range of circular walks and also a couple of bikes for hire. Horse riding treks are available from our local stables just 2 miles
  • Our hotel is available for group breaks - families, work colleagues, friends, we can accommodate small residential groups of up to 36 and non-resident 90 (excluding garden). Indoor and outdoor entertainment and bespoke activities can be arranged to suit.
  • We were very proud and honoured to be crowned winners of the 'Best Inn 2018' at the Great British Pub Awards.