Handpicked Cottages to Rent
Kirkby Lonsdale is not just any thriving market town. It was runner up in the Great British High Street Awards and scooped the top prize in the Sunday Times Best Place to Live in the North West in 2019. Living up to this reputation is the high standard of dog-friendly cottages in Kirkby Lonsdale and its surrounds. Whether you are looking for a cottage with a big family kitchen, large garden, or hot tub.
This picture-perfect cottage surrounded by a dry-stone wall synonymous with the Yorkshire Dales dates back to the early 1700s. Once part of a large farmhouse, it is now semi-detached and retains original features such as mullioned windows, the piece de resistance being a working cast iron range in the sitting room. Authentic, dog-friendly cottages don’t come any better than this.
This majestic barn conversion near Kirkby Lonsdale has high open rafters, exposed stone feature walls, and plenty of space for six in its three bedrooms, two twins, one with its own bathroom, and a king-size. The sitting room not only has a cosy wood-burning stove, but it also has oil-fuelled underfloor heating. French doors lead out onto a balcony overlooking the garden—one of the dog-friendly cottages with real character.
Near Kirkby Lonsdale, this period farmhouse dating back to the early18th century is in true Yorkshire Dales National Park tradition. It has three bedrooms, one with its own bathroom and a shower room on the upper floor. Downstairs there is a cloakroom and a sitting room with a wood-burning stove. One of the Lake District national parks great examples of dog-friendly cottages in Kirby Lonsdale.
Outside is the patio overlooking the farmyard of a typical working Yorkshire Dales livestock farm. This family-friendly granary conversion has a room that sleeps four and an additional twin bedroom. The sitting room is on the upper floor and a wrought iron spiral staircase takes you to a well-equipped kitchen with a table for six—a great example of Kirkby Lonsdale dog-friendly cottages at their best.
In the oldest part of the market town of Kirkby, this dog-friendly townhouse is over three floors with the bedroom in the eaves having views over the Lune Valley. It comfortably sleeps four. Outside there is a small courtyard with French garden furniture. This three peaks cottage in the town of Kirkby Lonsdale in the Lake District National Park dog-friendly holiday home.
In this well-appointed three-storey townhouse’s courtyard is an arched ginnel that leads straight onto the Kirkby Lonsdale’s high street. The sitting room and kitchen are on the upper floor and there is a king-size bedroom on the top floor with a bathroom. The two other bedrooms are on the ground floor and share a shower room. This is a cosy cottage in the heart of the Lake District national park.
This charming terraced cottage is sure to give you a warm welcome. It is a two-minute walk from the town centre. Offering the best of dog-friendly accommodation in Kirkby Lonsdale, its sitting room to the right of the front door has a wood-burning stove, and to the left, there is a table seating six. The kitchen has a utility room and there is an elevated courtyard for alfresco dining.
This Grade II town centre cottage for two is as homey as it gets. The interior has been sympathetically refurbished to a high spec with clever use of space. The kitchen has a foldaway table and chairs and there is space for alfresco dining in the cobbled courtyard to the rear. This semi-detached cottage is within close proximity to the surrounding countryside and the town of Kirkby Lonsdale.
In a lane just off the high street of Kirkby Lonsdale in the Lake District National Park, this luxury stone-built end-terrace cottage sleeps four in two bedrooms, one on the first floor and the other in the eaves. There is an eat-in kitchen and a separate sitting room with a wood-burning stove on the ground floor. This is a beautiful cottage in a fantastic location with many amenities in the surrounding area.
In the Capernwray, nine miles from Kirkby Lonsdale, North Yorkshire, this five-star holiday home is built of cedar logs and overlooks the waters of Jackdaw Quarry. Pitched floor to ceiling windows creates light and space in the sitting room and open plan kitchen. There is a games room and one of the three en suite bedrooms is on the ground floor. Perfect for a relaxing break and country walks.
Close to Kirkby Lonsdale and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, this end-terrace stone cottage is on the outskirts of the quiet hamlet of Hutton Roof. The wood-burning stove sits in a large exposed fireplace in the sitting room, and the high-spec kitchen is eat-in. There are two bedrooms, a double and a single upstairs, which share a walk-in shower. The cottage boasts wonderful views of the Lake District.
Whether you are looking for a cosy apartment, charming end-terrace cottage, a beautifully presented detached bungalow on a well-appointed holiday park, or a modern first-floor apartment between West Looe and East Looe on the south coast, pet-friendly, charming accommodation is in abundance.
Set on the banks of the River Lune amid surrounded by lush green countryside and rolling hills in the distance, it is as picture-perfect as it gets. Kirkby is not just a pretty face though, at its heart is a bustling community, jam-packed with independent traders and quaint shops such as the vivid pink Sweet Shop and the dog-egg blue-fronted quaint Cross Point Café. Most of the pubs are dog friendly, The Sun particularly so where you can quaff a pint of Ruskin’s, Pennine Ambler or Radical ale, fresh from the local brewery while Fido receives fuss and treats.
From your front door, you can explore the back lanes with charming names such as Salt Pie Lane, where homemade mutton pies were once served to farmers on market day. You and your doggie can take the 86 Radical Steps down to the River Lune. The higgledy piggedly steps got their name when the political radical Dr Francis Pearson built them in 1820 to divert a public footpath that ran through his garden.
If you are a keen walker and birdwatcher, then you are in for a treat. One of our cottages is actually situated in Hutton Roof, a few miles out of Kirkby Lonsdale. It is not a hassle to hike it if you are in the town centre, though. The scenery is striking with views of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales as you climb to the crags at Hutton Roof and on to Farleton Fell. The area is a nature reserve so make sure your dog is on his best behaviour. Here you will see fly orchids, lily of the valley, and tortoiseshell and brimstone butterflies. Don’t be surprised if you see a woodpecker, long-tailed tits, redwing and mistle thrush.
Of course, you can take a day trip to the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, but you will likely have more than enough to do in the family-friendly corner of the country.
You won’t have to travel far to find Ruskin’s bench at the edge of St Mary’s churchyard in Kirkby Lonsdale to enjoy the panoramic views of the Lune Valley. The 19th-century art critic returned to this place time and again, claiming it was the best view in England.
Once you have appreciated the view and your pooch has investigated the area, there is the 12th-century church to visit. The churchyard was made famous by a painting by J M W Turner that now hangs in London’s Tate Gallery.
A stay in Kirkby would not be complete without a trip to Devil’s Bridge to marvel at this ancient monument while you munch on a bacon butty from the legendary food van on the bridge. It is only a mile from the market town of Kirkby, where you are likely to be staying in one of the period cottages.
If your fur baby loves the water, then there is plenty here to paddle in and rocks to scamper over. According to the legend, it was a dog who warded off the devil but not before he had built what was once the only bridge over the River Lune.
If you are an avid ale drinker, then you have to experience the Royal Barn, the latest offering from Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery in the town centre. It is a community-based beer hall with an impressive 20 pumps of keg craft ale and casks. You are welcome to bring your four-legged bestie along with you.
It is open seven days a week and there is regular music and entertainment in the evenings. Check out the brewery’s website for tours that last about two hours.
This area is often overlooked for the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District pooch friendly accommodation, but its beauty is that it is on the edge of both. This results in fewer tourists, but Kirkby Lonsdale is fast emerging as one of Lancashire’s gems.
All the dog-friendly cottages and accommodation have provenance from granary conversions to luxury cedar log cabins. They all have their own personality; most are family-friendly and all welcome at least one dog. Whether it is a characterful cottage on a farm or a Grade II listed townhouse on the high street, it is safe to say that there will always be room for Rover.