"A belated Happy New Year Denise. I was thinking of you the other day as it isn't long until Easter (it being several weeks earlier this year) and I came up last year to the vehicle rally in the cols and wet and hope if I come up again, I will at least get a chance to do a few 'live' sketches. I am expecting two grand-children this year - one in mid March, the other end of July so things are on the change. Anyway, whatever happens I wish you a happy 10th anniversary - congratulations!"
All the best from Glynis Dray (Malvern Wells Artist)


"Dear Denise,

Just to say a big thank you for our very pleasant stay at your chapel hostel. It was lovely to have your kind welcome after a long day and the hostel is so comfortable and full of character.

We had a good walk and reached the end of the C2C."

Rosemary and Isabel Hill

"Hi Denise

We just wanted to thank you for a lovely stay last weekend!

It was lovely to meet you after emailing over the previous months!

Let us know when you've arranged a cycle maintenance weekend with Simon, there are a few of us who'll definitely be there!

Also, we've left a Trip Advisor review.

All the best."

Angela and the other cyclists x


"Hello Denise

I hope you are well and enjoying better weather.  I wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for your hospitality and the much needed cup of tea on Friday 29th April.  I'm pleased to report that I finished the Coast to Coast a week later in much better weather and with slightly sore feet.

I met a new group of people in Keld and walked much of the second week with company.  Andrea who also stayed in the room with me finished the same day which was really great!

I hope you have a busy summer with lots of guests!

Thank you again for your support and lovely welcome."

Sally Foley



Thank you so much for your hospitality this weekend.  It makes such a difference to the weekend when you have such a positive experience with the overnight stays.  We ended up cycling 165 miles, climbing 11,000ft over the 3 days.  So far having raised £2,360 for the Future Fund. We were pleased to see the sea and ended up in gloriouus sunshine.  Here we are starting off on Walney Island in not so sunny weather.

Best wishes."


We stayed at your hostel on Monday11th May whilst doing the coast to coast path. We completed it and now at home and we wanted to thank you so much for all your help when our bag nearly went to France! We really appreciated all the phone calls you made and then even collected our bag for us. The near disaster has just become an interesting story!
Thank you."
Mary and Chris Gambrill


"Dear Denise, thank you for inviting me to leave my bike at the hostel and use the drying room last night. The Kings Head had a room and safe storage space for my bike - in their ballroom - and I don't have spare footwear, so I couldn't bring my shoes up! So in short, that's why my bike wasn't with you, in case you were wondering. Thanks again, though."

Tim Ross


"Dear Denise,
Thanks a lot for everything : hospitality, cook kindness.... and all what you did for them.
They will keep splendid remembers for a very long time.
Kiss you."
Michel's wife (Edouard's mother)
Yvonne Gardon


I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed my two night stay at the Kirkby Stephen Hostel this weekend and to say "thank you" for your genuine and warm welcome and for your great breakfasts!
It was also a pleasure to be able to stay in such a lovely building.
I will be back, hopefully with one or more of my offspring, and I would recommend without hesitation that others should enjoy your hospitality.
Best wishes."

Andrew J.


I stayed at Kirby Stephen Hostel , whilst doing the coast to coast ,the welcome i got there i will remember for ever and i cant wait to come back to the hostel with family and friends. I need to do the walk from Kirby Stephen to Keld as i missed that part of the route as i was waiting for my daughter' s lift home so i really do need to come back to the hostel one weekend soon.

Angela Waterfield


"Great family time, 4 families bunked in together and had a lovely easy summer weekend away. Loads of room to chill out in the chapel hall."
Sue B, Manchester, England.


"Just had a great overnight stay with a cycling party doing the coast to coast. Met the owner Denise who gave us a warm welcome and a great breakfast would highly recommend the hostel."
Bernie, Morecambe, England.


"Absolute heaven after six days walking. Very very comfortable, loved every minute of the stay and worth every penny! I had very sore feet and Denise very kindly drove me into Kirkby Stephen which was much appreciated. Highly highly recommended."
Sue D, Bristol, England.


"Thank you so much for making us so welcome into this wonderful building. We will be back soon for another 'Half Pint Challenge'!"
RAF Leeming Boys.


"Thanks, Denise, for being such an accommodating hostess, for providing a refuge when the blisters were at their worst, and for your "no problem" friendliness."
Cath R.


"Very nice Hostel. I loved the dog, it was very welcoming and friendly. I loved the piano in the Member's Lounge, I loved playing it when we got back. Thanks very much!"
Ali, aged 10, Macclesfield, England.


"Had a blessed night's sleep and a relaxing stay here. Thanks to Denise - wonderful person - keep up the good work - I've really appreciated your hospitality."
Ruth G, Cornwall, England.


"Comfortable stay midway through our C2C cycle journey. Thanks!"
John and Bill.


"Hi Denise, We completed our  recent cycle ride from Morecambe to Whitby and back with a mostly very wet 60 miles from Kirkby to Morecambe-but the first bit across to Orton and down to Tebay was lovely. The Tebay cafe was very welcome and thanks for recommending the bakery at Oxenholme-they provided welcome teas and warm olive/ chorizo bread to two drowned rats(kept us going through the rain for 5 hours!!) We would not have stopped there if you had not mentioned it."

Sheila and Richard Perry.


After a hard day of walking from Shap this was a perfect place to end this day; wow, a hostel in a church with a warm welcome from the host and hostess!. After 6 days of walking I took a day off and the two hosts were very kindly to make me feel at home. Because of my english writing I want to repeat some compliments I also very agree: Thanks to Denise - wonderful person - keep up the good work - I've really appreciated your hospitality." and "Absolute heaven after six days walking. Very very comfortable, loved every minute of the stay and worth every penny!" last but not least "Thanks, Denise, for being such an accommodating hostess, for providing a refuge when, and for your "no problem" friendliness."



Thanks for a lovely stay in kirkby stephen, im sure we will return.

Janece and Colin Rogan



I would like to say thank you very much for your hospitatilty over the weekend.
the accomodation was ideal for our purpose, clean and tidy, comfy beds, access to the kitchen and a warm welcome great!

What a lovely stay we had and you made us feel so welcome!
Hi Denise hope you remember me, thank you for a short but pleasent stay. You were  lovely host.
Michael Blair

Denise, thanks for making my stay so enjoyable.

Hi Denise, a quick line on behalf of my friends and me, to thank you for your hospitatlity at the weekend.We had a lovely time staying at the hostel and the lovely meal was exactly what we needed after a long slog over the moors. We look forward to returning again to stay with you.

I just want to thank you for your hospitality, we enjoyed our stay and highly recommend you to anyone.

Thank you for all your hospitality, it was a joy.

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