Luxury Family Staycation Review with Ingrid Flute’s Yorkshire Holiday Cottages

Beckside barn exteriorLet me introduce you to the glorious, luxury holiday cottage that is Beckside Barn.

I’ve not long come back from this luxury family trip to Yorkshire feel it warrants a little showcase here on the blog.

This was our staycation summer holiday trip to a luxury cottage in a Cumbrian village; a location we’ve visited before. 

It was so good 2 years ago and we enjoyed it so much, that we returned this summer. 

I had a small discount from the cottage holiday company for this trip in exchange for sharing it on the blog, and as we love the place so much, it made perfect sense to show you around.

Welcome to…..

Beckside Barn in Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria from Ingrid Flute’s Yorkshire Holiday Cottages

Outside the front door at Beckside barn


Situated in the small hamlet of Crosby Garrett outside Kirkby Stephen, this beautiful barn has everything you need for a stylish, relaxing and luxurious stay. 

Renovated in 2000 into a habitable home, it was later remodelled and let as a holiday home by its current owners.

Beautifully decorated and furnished, you immediately feel at home here. It’s spacious and airy, yet feels cosy and comfortable. All the mod cons are here, allowing you to feel well looked after, and of course the setting gives you a taste of real country living


Beckside barn gardenSet beside a beck in an idyllic village, Crosby Garrett, the surrouding countryside is perfect for walks. On our previous trip we did several of the planned walks taking us through stunning Yorkshire countryside. 

This time we decided to stay closer to home and spent our days on short walks or visiting local towns like Kirkby Stephen, Hawes and, slightly further afield, Kendal. 

There were many cafes and eateries open in Kirkby Stephen, all well run and organised. Many of the local, independent shops were trading too which was great to see. 


Inside the double height den of the converted holiday barnLet me show you around the property itself. If you’re like me, you enjoy envisaging how you might spend your holiday time in the space a property has to offer.

Beckside Barn is a 3 bedroom holiday cottage sleeping 6 in 2 doubles and a set of twin beds. 

It has a slightly quirky layout, something that always draws me to a holiday property. I love experiencing a slightly different way of living. 

I’ll explain further. 

At Beckside Barn from the entrance turn right and you head into the snug area.

With a sofa, lighting and bookshelves (currently empty due to Covid, but I have seen them fully stocked in the past), this room leads directly into the kitchen area. 

The kitchen is beautiful quality jam packed with Miele appliances including a steam oven and built in bean-to-cup coffee machine

It’s well stocked with everything you need. We cooked every day rather than eat out just for ease this time (our family has variety of dietary requirements) so I knew the kitchen would serve us well. 

Each morning I came downstairs, made my coffee in the machine and watched the birds on the bird feeder outside the kitchen window (we even downloaded an app to name them all – woodpeckers, blue tits, great tits and goldfinches were all spotted).

The local farmer would herd her flock of sheep along the road back to the farm, mid morning too, often whilst we ate breakfast at the bar. 

Honestly, we are cliched city folk, but a house and setting like this, gives you a glorious taste of stylish country living. 

And a big dose of peace and quiet.

Continue through the kitchen and into the dining area. This is a more formal space with dining table and chairs and lovely wide doors leading out to the garden and parking area. 

I must admit we tended to eat at the breakfast bar in the kitchen and used the dining table for playing cards! Probably not what was intended but we love the way the versatility of the space lends itself to different activities.

Back to the main hallway entrance, and heading off to the left takes you into my favourite room and the heart of the house.

The den is a double height space complete with mezzanine above where you can totally chill out after a long day walking and exploring. 

Many an evening was spent on this super plush sofa (yes you can comfortably fit 4 people on it) watching Netflix. 

Even though it has the high ceiling it still feels cosy and warm. 

Much of this is down to high tech lighting system throughout the house allowing to control all the lights from a panel on the walls. Different buttons switch on different combinations of lights and various light levels too. Much fun was had testing this out. 

And then finally on the ground floor, walk through the den to reach the more formal sitting room. 

Complete with high tech gas bowl fire and Barcelona chair, we spent a whole day in here when it was raining playing games and cards. 

The layout upstairs is more traditional with the main bedroom and en-suite at one end of the house.

Follow the mezzanine corridor to the smaller double bedroom, then the main bathroom (complete with underfloor heating and very large bath) and then end up in the roomy twin bedroom. 

It’s really beautiful, right?

In terms of how it works as a luxury family holiday cottage, there were some lovely touches. A jar full of coffee beans for the coffee machine, a lovely local welcome pack, and plenty of nuts for the birds so you can refill the feeder and watch them all week long. 

Anything I would want extra?

Some outdoor sofa seating in the small ‘courtyard’ area outside the french doors would be great and perfect for taking advantage of the sunshine and warm mornings or evenings. It’s a small touch but something that would work brilliantly. 

To find out more or book your own stay at Beckside Barn, just head over to the Ingrid Flute’s Yorkshire Holiday Cottages website. 

It’s part of the Original Cottages family – a company that I regularly use for our UK family trips. They always have good accommodation, are great to deal with and are priced well too. 

I was particularly impressed with how clean this home was, and the processes set up by both the cottage company and the owners to ensure it stayed that way

In the current climate, UK holiday properties are booking up fast, so don’t dither too long if you want one (I have my eye on another for a few month’s time). All the good ones are going quickly particularly for upcoming school holidays

Do you have a UK staycation planned in the coming months?

Jen x

Disclaimer: I paid for the majority of this accommodation myself and recieved a small discount in exchange for creating the blog post. I’ve booked this property before, and paid in full myself. 


Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an interiors writer and blogger and has an insatiable love of home style and decor

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