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Accommodation Details Jolly Farmers
63 High Street, Kirkby Stephen CA17 4SH
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Comments by walkers who stayed at Jolly Farmers in Kirkby Stephen on The Coast to Coast Path
Best B&B on the whole trip.
Welcomed with tea and scones, washing done for us(small fee), big room, fantastic breakfast and friendly hostess.
Elisabeth and Shelagh, left on 27 May 2018
Don't miss out on the Jolly Farmers! Fabulous all round. Scones and tea on arrival, a great breakfast, lovely room, lots of recommendations for the journey ahead. One of the best B&Bs I have stayed in. Got all our washing done as well.
Juanita Gray , left on 21 September 2014
A very warm welcome from Carol, and a spacious and comfortable room. Carol goes out of her way to ensure that guests feel at home and have a relaxing time. We stopped here for two nights whilst on the Coast to Coast route, and we enjoyed our stay very much. Thank you!!
John Whalley, left on 28 July 2014
Good sized room and shower and good breakfast. Tea and scones on arrival after a refreshing shower. Dinner at Mango Tree restaurant (Indian). Very, very good.
Geoff Melotti, left on 08 July 2014
fantastic place well worth a visit.would recommend this place.
may 2014
shaun,jon,russ and dan., left on 11 June 2014
Lovely stay here. We arrived shattered after a long walk from Shap and were revived with tea, scones and jam. Our room was really comfortable and we had a delicious breakfast with porridge and fruit. Many thanks Carol.
Bridget and David, West Yorks, left on 24 September 2013
Lovely place to stay, Wonderful welcome with tea and scones and great breakfast. Wendy, Dave and Cleo the Dog July 2013
wendy roethenbaugh, left on 03 August 2013
A Kirby Stephen institution. I stayed here twice during the C2C walk (once at the outset on way to St. Bees and again after completing the walk). Carol is very efficient and helpful and everything runs smoothly. Nice rooms and great breakfasts. Highly recommended.
Murray Marshall, left on 17 September 2012
Very welcoming and excellently run guest house. Carol very helpful getting our kit dry after the long wet walk from Shap and helping us find an excellent curry from The Olive Tree. Great breakfast and plenty of lively conversation in the breakfast room.
Robin and Adrian Banks, left on 16 July 2012
We had a lovely stay with Carol. She is extremely knowledgeable on c2c and understands how you feel. We had a warm welcome, a lovely breakfast, good room, and plenty of good advice. A must stay.
Gary and Gill, left on 10 July 2012
Stayed May 2012. This is a traditional Guest House, but with a license in case you fancy a night cap we did. Comfortable with reasonable sized rooms. Tea and scones on arrival.
Neil, left on 26 June 2012
This was excellent, everything to a good standard and very welcoming. We appreciated the scones and tea on arrival.
N and V Scott, left on 10 October 2011
Lovely comfortable friendly B and B. One of our favourites.
Jane, left on 24 August 2011
Conveniently situated and room and breakfast fine. Carol is friendly and welcoming tea and scones on arrival.
Midlanders, left on 09 August 2011
Wonderful to stay in a place with a bath where you can soak away the day's aches, so glad we asked for and got a room with bath (with bathrobes provided). Also you get tea, scones and jam on arrival too.
Curlew, left on 21 June 2011
Very friendly, scones and tea on arrival, which was very nice,very clean and well presented rooms. excellent breakfast
Chris and Stacey, left on 20 June 2011
Have now stayed here twice and would definitely recommmend. Very friendly and helpful owner, lots of attention to detail, some rooms with baths. Lunches were also delicious and they're great with dogs.
Robin, left on 08 May 2011
Better in facilities than in atmosphere.
Room good and clean, the choice of breakfast good and we were even let in early when we made good time in bad weather from Orton but cannot help thinking a more pertinent name might be athe Slightly Disgruntled Gardener! I would be more than happy to stay again and it may just have been the end of a long season but even so.....
Steve B, left on 02 October 2010
We stayed here in May 2010 when doing the C2C walk.

The warm cheese scones and tea/coffee on arrival were a nice touch. The owner and her daughter were very friendly and helpful and even did a load of washing for us (at a small charge)

Our room was well decorated with an excellent ensuite and very comfortable bed.

The breakfast and packed lunch were both superb.

Would certainly recommend.
Chris & Katie, Leicestershire, left on 04 September 2010
Comfortable rooms, a good breakfast and a very friendly welcome from the owner, Carol. An excellent guest house, highly recommended.
Barry & Sue, left on 29 August 2010
Very warm welcome with tea and cakes. Lovely room and good breakfast choices. Would highly recommend.
Mu & paul, left on 11 June 2010
May 2010. There are 12 guest rooms in the B&B and although its not a pub, the landlady has a licence to serve alcoholic drinks so you are assured of a cold beer when you finally arrive after walking the 20.5 miles from Shap. Our en suite room was fine with all amenities and plenty of space. Breakfast was excellent.
Ben & Carol Bennetts, left on 01 June 2010
The warm cheese scones and tea on arrival were a great treat.

Rooms warm and comfortable. Breakfast good.
M Wells, left on 23 May 2010
Fourth over night stop on the way to completing the c2c on the 28/03/10

Had a bad day at the factory (Wainright the Tinker took us round the houses a time or two!) and didn't make it to the b&b until 8.45pm.

Booked a twin room which was absolutely beautiful, as was the b&b throughout....very tastefully decorated. Probably a little too good for walkers! Well may be not classy northern lads like us!

The proprietor was very friendly and welcoming and even provided my co-walker with scissors to carryout an minor surgical operation on his foot!

Had a bath (Yes a bath) before we ventured out in search of food. The proprietor, because of the late hour let us have use of another bath to speed things up.

Too late to get any food other than a sandwich and a bag of crisps from the local Spar, unfortunately. But we weren't complaining 'cause as well a being classy we're also tough up north!

Had a couple of well earned pints in one of the many local boozers and managed to come last in the pub quiz by a country mile...without even trying!

Had porridge, and haddock and egg for breakfast which was a very welcome change from the norm: very tasty!

Although my co-walker managed to save his foot, it was unfortunately the end of the road for him as regards the c2c. While I headed out alone like Dr David Banner (From The Incredible Hulk) with my ruck sack on my back, and the wind and rain driving into my face, he was taken in an air conditioned car to the train station by the kindly proprietor of the b&b.....The poor sod!

Whether walking the c2c or just visiting the area, this is a great place to stop.

J. HORNBY, left on 01 April 2010
Simple accommodation, very hospitable family and excellent breakfast
Bill Boynton, left on 11 December 2009
Facilities ok but we felt our hostess was too distracted by the large party of walkers who were also staying there to make us feel welcome.
Ken, left on 23 September 2009
Excellent B&B. One of the best on the C2C.
JB, left on 20 September 2009
Ok welcome with tea and biscuits. Room on top floor, largish and acceptable. Breakfast fairly average. Suspect Carol understaffed when we were there, exacerbated by a large party being catered for. Found lovely pub for the evening...The Kings Arms...smack in the centre of KS.
David, left on 15 September 2009
Warm welcome with tea and scones on arrival. Lovely room and great breakfast. Packed lunch good too. Highly recommended.
Maureen and Jim Carroll Left 19th June
Maureen and Jim Carroll, left on 17 July 2009
Very warm welcome with tea and scones, clean and comfortable rooms and excellent breakfast. Carol makes you feel like a kid again, being looked after by your mum - everything is taken care of and you don't have to worry about anything!
Jon Dixon, left on 22 June 2009
Great place to stay on the coast to coast.
And a great breakfast, would reccommend to anyone.
Tom davies, left on 11 June 2009
Very friendly welcome (we were drenched). Offered to dry our clothes etc. Large room which was very comfortable.

Breakfast was great.
Packed lunch was great.
Would highly recommend
C. Hirst, left on 11 September 2008
This place ran like clock work. Friendly welcome, and nice light rooms that were beautifully decorated.
Fantastic breakfast, a good place to recharge your batteries for the next leg.
Florence and Ted, Sydney NSW., left on 07 August 2008
Very friendly welcome with tea and home baked cake.Room comfortable, breakfast and packed lunch very good.Black Bull does good food.
Well done to Carol!!
Bill Adamson, left on 22 July 2008
Nice people, convenient location, comfortable rooms.
B, left on 20 July 2008
Stayed here 13/05/2008 - Made very welcome and offered Tea & scones after a long days walk.
Good breakfast & packed lunches - Thanks Carol & Team
Pub to eat at is the Black Bull
Oakley Plodders, left on 23 May 2008
We stayed at the Jolly Farmers whilst walking the coast to coast and would certainly reccomend it to others. Very comfortable stay, and felt very welcome.
Oliver Jenkins, left on 10 September 2007
Nothing special here. Rooms felt dormitory like. Bathroom moldy smell. Staff was friendly enough and rooms fairly quiet.
Cindy and Joe, Seattle, WA July 2007, left on 22 August 2007
fine, room good quality, ate in a local pub. breakfast usual choices but good. would stay again.
Tim Shepherd, left on 08 July 2007
This is becoming an old favourite of ours. In 2006 we stayed here while walking Lady Anne's Way. In 2007 we stayed again after walking from St Bees on the Coast to Coast. We terminated as planned at Kirkby Stephen this time. Expect us back again in June 2008 when we resume Wanwright's walk!

John Spencer, left on 30 June 2007
comfortable B&B. staff friendly and rooms clean. would stay again
graham seeley, left on 20 September 2006
The guesthouse was efficiently managed, but not over friendly. The rooms seemed a bit dated but quite acceptable.
Kay & John Patterson, left on 21 July 2006
We had a very comfortable stay at Jolly Farmers. We appreciated being able to use the owners personal computer for a small charge to catch up with email.

Great cooked breakfast! Thank you.
Kate and Frank Hoogendoorn, left on 31 May 2006
We arrived mid afternoon. Nobody home. Would it hurt to put a sign on the door saying what time the B&B will be staffed? After walking all day and feeling tired, it is a disappointing to have to wait on the pavement for 1 and a half hours!!

Noisy on the night we stayed. There were tradesmen staying and they all came back from the pub late at night and made a racket.

Not a good stay.
DLB, Australia, September 2005, left on 17 October 2005
Lovely b&b. Warm welcome with tea and cakes. One of the most comfortable rooms and an excellent breakfast.
Eric Rose, left on 15 August 2005
Very accomodating and comfortable stay.Excellent value...highly recommended
Charles Macdonald / Steven Macey, left on 18 July 2005
Excellent B&B after a long hard day. Welcomed with tea and scones. Very nice room. Lovely breakfast and a superb pack up.
Sean & Jo, left on 15 July 2005
This is the THE place to stay in Kirkby Stephen. We were welcomed with tea and scones and then took the option of having an evening meal which was being provided for a large group staying there - it was superb. We were also offered the opportunity of a lift from the train station as well. Oh, and the accommodation and breakfast was also just perfect.
dave & jo whitney, left on 29 June 2005
A very good place to stay.Very welcoming to walkers. Room spacious and well fitted. Pity they don't do evening meals as the choice in town is not brilliant and their breakfasts were excellent!
Peter Shaw, left on 05 April 2005
We arrived at the Jolly Farmers Guest House soaking wet and tired after our walk from Shap. Carol made us extreamly welcome, and couldnt do enough to dry our clothes and boots. We had tea, and some wonderful fruit cake, before heading into town for our dinnner. Internet connection was available, which we found superb, as we haddnt checked our email for over a week! Many Thanks for a perfect, warm, and welcoming stay! Will reccomend to all!
Harry Tod, left on 06 March 2005
Enjoyed our two night stay at the Jolly Farmers. Great breakfast with the best oatmeal in all of the trail. Very good packed lunch, reasonable cost. Staff was cheerful, helpful. Room was large, well furnished and clean. Highly recommended and enjoyed by all in our party of 8.
B. Daugharty, left on 10 February 2005
Jolly Farmers is one of the best guest houses we`ve stayed in. Everything was immaculate, the breakfast and packed lunches were excellent, but above all was the concern for our welfare (we arrived late); Carol couldn`t do enough for us (or our friends who weren`t even staying there !). Many thanks and looking forward to our next stay!!
, left on 03 May 2004
A Wonderful, Friendly, Outstanding stay!! Me and my wife stayed here in Spring 2004, our second stay, and found both stays fantastic. After our exausting walk, we were greeted by Carol and enjoyed Tea and biscuits on arrival and then shown up to our room. A very friendly atmosphere and looking forward to staying their again in the summer. Lovely Guest House!
Mr and Mrs Gilbert, left on 03 May 2004
Stayed here on the coast2coast in the summer of 2003, absolutely wonderfull stay, a walking group also staying at the time called Wilderness Travel, a lovely busy guest house, very friendly. i will make sure to recomend it to many others,
Defo staying here in the future!
Fred Parelsed, left on 18 January 2004
I understand that my comments about being turned away from a previously booked room this May have caused Carol some anguish. In fairness, I must say that we had been booked in another place by the Peppers`, and the accomodations were fine. I was disappointed because the Jolly Farmer is such a fine place, and we had looked forward to staying there. Seeing no other comments about others having this problem, I assume my situation was isolated. That said, I apologize, for my comments, and would certainly stay at the Jolly Farmer on my next trip.
Howard Smale, left on 16 January 2004
We've now stayed twice at Jolly Farmers, on two different trips. It's a nice place with very good rooms, larger baths than most, good beds, great breakfast. Seemed a little less warm welcome this time than last time, though.
Jean Woy, left on 09 October 2003
Transferred from Black Bull. Arrived soaked and minus our bags.

No proper drying facilities but managed to get most of our gear dry by spreading it over the guest house radiators.

Comfortable room, friendly atmosphere and good breakfast.
Kate Ellis, left on 28 September 2003
Very friendly service and great breakfast.
Ciaran Devine & Susan Thompson, left on 24 September 2003
An excellent bed and breakfast to start our holiday at.
L Prior, left on 19 September 2003
A friendly, comfortable B&B which has the advantage of being quieter (at weekends) than some of the pubs in the centre of town. Packed lunch is OK and good value.

No evening meal but I reccommend the Old Forge (017683 71832) which is superb and tremendous value.
Peter Bradley, left on 18 September 2003
Our room was extremely comfortable -- great shower and wonderful bed, both important after a long day of walking.
Janice Plante and Rod Getchell, left on 14 September 2003
Stayed here last week on Coast to Coast route and thoroughly enjoyed the stay. Turned up unexpected and dripping with water, welcomed in to the B&B, beer at the bar and off into town for dinner. Another beer before bedtime and then an excellent breakfast served in the morning, plus an excellent pack lunch. 2*Sandwichs, Cake, Mars, Drink, Crisps - Superb and well worth the 3.50. The Spar will give you 2 Sandwichs for this!

Larger than some B&B`s but still very friendly. Location isd right on the route and easy to find. You may also get to see two Macaws who I think live over the road.
Dave Goodfellow, left on 14 July 2003
Can I take back what I said in 2001? Just because your booked and confirmed does NOT mean you will be staying there. I met others who were treated the same.
Howard Smale, left on 29 May 2003
I was very satisfied with the accomodation at the Jolly Farmer. The evening meal was excellent value and the breakfast equally so. I returned with my wife after the C2C to explore the area and used this Guest House as our base. Will do so again when attempting the C2C in 2004.
Chris Wright, left on 08 November 2002
Very disappointing. A very clean and comfortable hotel, but curt and not a patch on many of the B&Bs we stayed at.
Jen Bath 13th Sept 2002, left on 30 September 2002
Very clean and well run. Good breakfast & packed lunch.
Paul & Tina Jones, left on 11 August 2002
We stayed here in May. Perhaps the best of very many fine places we stayed on the way to RHB.
Howard Smale, left on 13 January 2001
This is a wonderful hotel, especially if you are planning a day`s rest in this town.
The rooms are spotless and quiet and the food is outstanding. All amenities are thoughtfully provided. The guest house is within
five minutes walking distance of the town centre where there are several historical sights that should not be missed.
Phil and Carol Pepper made us feel quite at home; Carol even arranged for a taxi to take Judy to the clinic for treatment of her blisters!
Jolly Farmers was among our favorite lodgings along the C2C.
Chris and Judy LeGeyt, left on 14 November 2000


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