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Chapel Farmhouse

Chapel Farmhouse is an attractive cottage in the hamlet of Whaw, in rugged Arkengarthdale, with masses of character and comfort, including beamed and boarded ceilings, flagged floors and a feature stone fireplace. Sleeping 4, the cottage has central heating, two multi-fuel stoves (coal included) in lovely fireplaces and antique furniture. The two bedrooms each have ensuite shower rooms, and the newly fitted kitchen has dishwasher and induction hob. South-facing, the cottage has central heating, two multi-fuel stoves (coal included) in lovely fireplaces and antique furniture. The two bedrooms each have ensuite shower rooms, and the newly fitted kitchen has dishwasher and induction hob. South-facing, the cottage has a big garden and stone benches where you can sit and marvel at amazing hill views. A charming cottage, Chapel Farmhouse is off the beaten track and the ideal cottage for a Dales holiday!

Sorry, no smokers, children or pets! Sleeps 4.  Free wifi!

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Low Shaw Farmhouse

NEW: A stunning, spacious Dales farmhouse, sleeping 8 - 10, in four bedrooms, in the hamlet of Simonstone, near Hawes in Wensleydale. Low Shaw Farmhouse is set just above Simonstone Hall Hotel, overlooking Hawes, and with superb views of Wensleydale from the property. The house is really roomy, and furnished with an eye to quality detail and charm. The owners visit regularly, and want to share their beautiful home with holiday guests.The house has a large family dining kitchen, with well-equipped utility room off, two spacious living areas and two sets of stairs, the first leading to a dble and twin/sgle bedrooms, and the second leading to king and family bedrooms, the latter having four sgle beds. There is a bathroom in each half the house, and a lovely south-facing garden, with good views of Wensleydale. Parking for two cars, free wifi and dog-friendly, Low Shaw Farmhouse is perfectly situated for exploring both Wensleydale and Swaledale.

  Sleeps up to 10. Dog-friendly. Sorry, no smoking.  Free wifi.  More cottage details on Low Shaw Farmhouse


NEW! A gem of a cottage in tiny Thwaite, in upper Swaledale, Westholme is beautifully furnished and decorated, with all the comforts of home.  As the owner says, small, but perfectly formed, the cottage sleeps up to four people in two dble bedrooms. There are electric storage heaters, and an open fire in the living room, so the cottage is a lovely, cosy place to return to after a hard day's hiking in the surrounding wonderful scenery. Dogs are most welcome (the owner even provides dog throws to put on furniture!), free wifi, parking space and great walks direct from the door, including on the Pennine Way. A charming holiday cottage in beautiful Swaledale, the most northerly of the Yorkshire Dales.

Dog-friendly, free wifi, sorry no smoking.  Sleeps 4. More Cottage Details for Westholme


Low Rigg

 NEW! Low Rigg is a roomy cottage in the sought-after village of Muker, in upper Swaledale. Sleeping 6 in three bedrooms, the cottage has lots of space to relax in, both upstairs and down, and a gorgeous private garden, with summerhouse and lovely views to nearby hills. The dining room seats 6 comfortably, and has a logburning stove for chilly evenings, starter pack of fuel included. The living room has a charming antique linen press and feature fireplace.  Upstairs are two very spacious double front bedrooms, overlooking the village, and a twin bedroom which looks out onto the lovely garden.

Lots of walks direct from the door, and the Farmer's Arms just yards away for great beer and food. All in all, a lovely home from home for a family holiday in beautiful Swaledale. Sit in the gorgeous garden after walking over nearby Kisdon and  - relax!         Sleeps 6, one dog welcome, free wifi. Sorry, no smoking.              More Cottage Details for Low Rigg


Bridge View

Bridge View, in Gunnerside, is a lovely cottage sleeping up to six people. The cottage is refurbished to a very high standard, with beautifully decorated bathrooms, kitchen and living accommodation. A spacious dining kitchen is off the roomy living room, which has a multi-fuel stove (coal included) to augment the central heating. There is a downstairs kingsize bedroom and two further upstairs bedrooms, a twin and the main kingsize dble, with a luxury ensuite shower room, as well as a family bathroom. The cottage oozes charm, with tasteful decor and furnishings - perfect for a break from everyday life!    Sleeps 6.    One well-behaved medium dog welcome.  Sorry, no smoking. 

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The Haven

As its name implies, the Haven is a lovely cottage to retreat to after a day's strenuous hiking over the beautiful nearby hills and moors. In Gunnerside and recently modernised, but retaining lovely 200 year old Swaledale architectural features such as beamed and boarded ceilings and stone flagged floors, the Haven is wonderfully comfortable and welcoming. An unspoilt character Dales cottage, it nevertheless benefits from modern conveniences such as underfloor central heating and a log-burning stove. With two private gardens, you can catch the sun at any time of day, or snuggle up inside and relax amid the wonderful scenery of the Yorkshire Dales!  Sorry, no smoking.

Sleeps 4. Pet friendly. Free Wifi.

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Scott Cottage

NEW! Sleeping 2, Scott Cottage is a lovely old cottage, newly updated and refurbished to the highest quality. The cottage has everything needed for a perfect holiday in Wensleydale and is situated right in the heart of Hawes, but is tucked away from the bustle of the main street in a tiny secluded courtyard (with double glazing, so no traffic noise!). The cottage has masses of Yorkshire charm, with stone flagged floors, oak flooring in the bedroom and wonderful original stone fireplaces in the living room and bedroom, along with up-to-date luxuryand warmth from the electric heaters and multi-fuel stove. An attractive modern kitchen, with granite work surfaces, and a charming bathroom complete the accommodation, with the living room and bedroom (superking or twin) being extremely spacious and comfortable. Superbly well-equipped, Scott Cottage is ideal as a base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales or just for relaxing in the charm and comfort of a lovely home-from-home.    Sleeps 2. Sorry, no pets or smoking.  Free wifi.

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The Byre

Views? Tick! Cosy comfort? Tick! Rural isolation? Tick! Converted from a cow byre with hayloft above, adjoining a 17th century farmhouse, The Byre, sleeping 2 people, is a tiny jewel of a cottage on top of the world. With amazing views, the cottage has all the comforts a holidaymaker could wish for; multi-fuel stove (all fuel included), central heating, many books to read, private garden table and chairs, with lovely views, and a charming galleried bedshelf upstairs. Set high up in the lee of Kitley Hill, The Byre commands an unparalleled position above Whaw, in Arkengarthdale. Did we mention the views? Stunning scenery all around, walks from the door and snug accommodation, perfect for those who appreciate unspoilt countryside at its very best! Sleeps 2. Up to 2 dogs welcome. Free wifi! Sorry, no smoking.

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Victoria House

A lovely, romantic hideaway for couples, Victoria House has a charming galleried double bedroom (with single child's bed) above a living/dining/kitchen with bathroom off. The cottage, in Gunnerside, is set up a flight of outside steps, meaning the living area has terrific views overlooking the patchwork of Gunnerside meadows. With all mod cons, having been recently refurbished to a high standard, the cottage has everything you will need for a restful holiday away from the stresses and cares of workaday life in the city. Spend the day rambling over surrounding fells and moors and come back to the relaxation of beautiful Victoria House, a stone's throw from the comfortable King's Head in Gunnerside and Ghyllfoot Tearoom and bistro. Sleeps 2/3/4. Pet-friendly! Sorry, no smoking.      More Cottage Details for Victoria House

Fell View

Fell View is a lovely cottage in the heart of Gunnerside, sleeping up to 6 people, dog-friendly and very close to pub and tearoom. Fell View is deceptively spacious (in estate agent-speak!), with 3 good-sized bedrooms and family bathroom upstairs, and living room, with dining room and kitchen off. The cottage is comfortably and attractively furnished, with a cosy multi-fuel stove in the living room (first basket of logs/bucket of coal included). Plenty of good walks direct from the door, including Gunnerside Ghyll, and right by the lovely grassy island with its beautiful rose arch in the centre of the village. An ideal base for wonderful holidays in beautiful Swaledale.

One dog welcome (strictly not on furniture or upstairs)! Sleeps 5/6.  

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Joe House

 Joe House is newly renovated to a wonderful luxury standard. The cottage is beautifully decorated, with comfortable leather sofas in which to curl up in front of the cosy logburning stove. Joe House is tucked into a hollow, surrounded by pasture and fields in a splendid rural setting, not far off the main road. With gorgeous new farmhouse dining kitchen and luxury bathroom, the cottage has all the comforts and relaxation of a home from home. Features include traditional flagged floors and stone stairs. Beautiful photographs of the surrounding landscape (taken by the owners) decorate the rooms and lovely linen and furnishings are an inspired final touch.

Sorry, no smokers or pets.     Sleeps 4/5.    Free wifi!

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East Calvert House

East Calvert House is a gorgeous family cottage with fantastic views of Swaledale. Newly renovated, the cottage has all the conveniences of home, with a feel for luxurious comfort and dales character combined. The cottage is in a rural setting and south-facing, so is flooded with sunshine all day long. The living and dining rooms are spacious and ooze atmosphere, with traditional beamed and boarded ceilings and stone flagged floors. The roomy main bedroom has a comfy new kingsize bed and lovely views over the dale, as has the twin bedroom. The kitchen, bathroom and shower rooms are all newly fitted, making it easy to relax in luxury after a day's rambling from the door.

Well-behaved dogs welcome! Sorry, no smoking. Sleeps 6.  Free wifi!

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A gem of a cottage, with beautiful views over Swaledale, Sandpiper is recently refurbished to make it a high-quality holiday home. Sleeping 3, in a kingsize double bedroom on a mezzanine floor and a small single bedroom, the cottage is a perfect retreat for a relaxing holiday, whether for a couple, or a family. Surrounded by pastureland full of wildlife, the cottage has its own south-facing terrace looking up- and down-dale and towards the hills opposite. A woodburning stove makes the living room cosy and welcoming, especially after a day's walking on the hills. Situated just above Low Row, along a track, the cottage is only a few minutes' walk from the Punch Bowl Inn.

Sorry no smoking.    Sleeps 3.    One well-behaved dog welcome!      Free wifi!

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Arklehurst is a traditional stone built 18th century cottage offering exceptionally warm, cosy and welcoming accommodation for up to four people. Set in the tiny jewel of a village of Langthwaite, in Arkengarthdale, the cottage is furnished and equipped to the highest possible standard, with many ornaments and pictures ensuring that you will find it a real home from home. Treat yourself to a wonderful break in this charming cottage! The roomy dining kitchen, with quality pine dining table, chairs and dresser, has an old-fashioned original range as focal point, a wonderful reminder of the true history of the cottage. Week bookings now Saturday to Saturday.

Pet friendly! Sleeps 4.

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Devon Cottage

With a beautiful large south-facing garden, Devon Cottage is a charming cottage in Gunnerside for your perfect Swaledale holiday.  Two roomy bedrooms give great views over the garden and hills, while the open fire in the living room means you'll have a cosy atmosphere on cool evenings.  Pet friendly and with off-road parking, Devon Cottage has a wealth of amenities, so you'll have all the comforts of home in the wonderful surroundings of "beautiful Swaledale" (so beautiful they wrote a song about it!). 

Pet Friendly. Sleeps 4.

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Bridge View Cottage

Don't you deserve a romantic holiday away from the cares of the world? Set opposite the bubbling beck, this lovely cottage is beautifully cared for and a charming, cosy holiday home from home. Spend the day walking in the gorgeous countryside or admire the view over the village from the windowseat. With open stonework, exposed roof trusses and beautiful reclaimed pine floorboards, you can breakfast with the morning sun pouring into the unexpectedly spacious upstairs living/dining room, or relax outside on long summer evenings in the small front garden, watching the swallows wheeling above.

Sleeps 2.

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Apple Tree Cottage

 NEW! A gorgeous country cottage in the tiny hamlet of The Clints, just outside Marske, in Swaledale, Apple Tree Cottage is newly renovated and decorated. The cottage sleeps 4, in two double bedrooms, and has been lovingly restored and refurbished with attractive furnishings with an eye for style. Apple Tree Cottage has charm and atmosphere, along with all mod cons, such as dishwasher, washer/dryer and freezer. The hamlet has only five cottages, and is surrounded by wonderful countryside only a few miles from Richmond and Reeth. The cottage has a light and airy feel, with a lovely village green directly to the front and its own garden, too. You'll sit on the bench marvelling at the total peace and quiet, relaxing with a glass of chilled wine. A marvellous cottage for a lovely holiday in beautiful Swaledale!   Sleeps 4.   Sorry, no pets.   Free wifi. 

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With stunning views over the River Swale, Nettlebed is a gorgeous cottage with a quirky old-fashioned atmosphere.  Wonderfully comfortable, with an open fire, it oozes character and charm with its flagged floors and 300-year-old beams. Treat yourselves to a family holiday or a delightful break for two in this stunning cottage. Tastefully decorated, with many lovely paintings and artefacts, Nettlebed perches on the hillside above Swaledale, with a panoramic vista spread out below. Spend your days out on the surrounding hills, soak up the sun in the lovely south-facing garden or curl up inside relaxing in front of the fire. Nettlebed is your perfect cottage for a holiday in beautiful Swaledale.

Sleeps 6/7. Pet friendly! Free wifi!

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Throstle Nest Barn

 Overlooking the Swale, downdale, this outstanding cottage has been marvellously renovated with a feel for luxurious comfort and style. Throstle Nest Barn is a detached barn conversion in a rural setting, yet easy to reach, and with amazing views across Swaledale. A beautiful, newly fitted kitchen retains its old-fashioned charm with beamed ceiling and a flagged stone floor. The upstairs living room has a cosy outlook over the private field, with lovely meadow flowers. Underfloor heating in the bathrooms and a multi-fuel stove in the living room (along with oil central heating) make Throstle Nest Barn an inviting and hugely comfortable retreat. The rear door opens onto a patio with bench to admire the hillside outlook, a garden table and chairs overlook the stunning view downdale. With all modern conveniences, including a king sized sleigh bed.

Up to two well-behaved medium-sized dogs welcome!   Free wifi!   

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NEW! Burnside retains a wealth of period features, such as stone stairs and old pine doors, but is newly renovated, with luxurious shower- and bathrooms and modern kitchen with granite worktops. Three charmingly decorated bedrooms include a really spacious king-size bedroom, twin and another sgle which can be a small dble. The large living room has comfortable sofas on which to curl up in front of the cosy mulit-fuel stove, and the cottage has lovely contemporary oak furniture and attractive furnishings. A beautifully refurbished cottage with a wealth of amenities, overlooking the nearby beck, ideal for a romantic break or family holiday.

Sorry, no smokers or pets. Sleeps up to 6, but not really suitable for 6 adults. Free wifi!

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Farmendon is a splendid, well-proportioned house which is found on a quiet road in Gunnerside and has glorious views of the hills. Charmingly decorated, the house is recently refurbished and deceptively spacious. The large, south-facing rear garden, backing on to the Methodist Chapel, has a suntrap patio and stunning views, whilst remaining extremely private and comfortable. Perfect for a family reunion, you can ramble over the nearby hills, or just relax in the peace of the Dales. Farmendon is a gorgeous home to come to for a marvellous Yorkshire holiday!

Pet friendly! Sleeps 5.   Free wifi!

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Joiner's Cottage

A fabulous 18th century cottage set in the tiny, pretty village of Thwaite, in upper Swaledale, Joiner's Cottage is a high-quality haven. Originally the joiner's shop, now converted to a spacious, lovely home, the cottage has two luxury bath/shower rooms and a gorgeous new fitted kitchen with high-quality granite worktops.  With a multi-fuel stove (coal included) in the generous south-facing living room, the house is roomy, yet warm and snug. Marvellous views from the living room and suntrap terrace look to the wonderful hills nearby. Sit and relax to the soothing murmur of Stockdale Beck after exploring one of the many walks from the door inlcuding the Coast to Coast and Pennine Way walks.

Sorry, no smoking.  Sleeps 6. Pet-friendly!  Free Wifi!

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Bruaich Cottage

Situated on a quiet road in the village of Gunnerside, Bruaich Cottage is a wonderfully comfortable home from home, visited frequently by its owners. You will be charmed by the rustic atmosphere in the spacious upstairs living/dining room, with exposed rafters, giving you marvellous views of the hills whilst tucked up in front of the stove. Sink into the comfort of a king-size bed at the end of a day spent exploring the beautiful scenery right at your door!

Sleeps 4/5.  Free Wifi!

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Greystones, Gunnerside

A lovely house in Gunnerside, which has been beautifully restored and sympathetically decorated and furnished. The cottage is spread over three floors, its attic conversion housing a spacious third double bedroom with its own ensuite shower room and WC.  With a magnificent stone open fireplace and stripped pine floor in the living room and plenty of modern conveniences, Greystones has an attractive charm and high level of comfort for your holiday in beautiful Swaledale!

Pet friendly!   Sleeps 6.

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The Rash

NEW! The Rash is a stunning detached house close to the picturesque village of Muker. The house is newly refurbished and is beautifully furnished and decorated, with a lovely new kitchen and decor. Sleeping up to 9 people, the house is has no neighbours and, being 200m up from the road, fantastic views of surrounding countryside. With footpaths from the door, the cottage is perfectly positioned for ramblers or family parties, and has ample space for guests to spread out in, with a  lovely garden. The house sleeps up to 7 in the farmhouse end, and up to 9 including the barn conversion. A gorgeous house in a beautiful area, within walking distance of Muker, with its pub, local shops and Dales charm!  Sleeps 7/9.   Free wifi!  Sorry, no pets or smoking.    More Cottage Details for The Rash


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In July 2014, the Tour de France route arrived in upper Swaledale from Wensleydale over the panoramic Buttertubs Pass (which Jeremy Clarkson dubs "England's most spectacular road"), near Thwaite. From there, the cyclists rode down Swaledale, before branching off over the moors at Grinton towards Leyburn. So come and explore this fantastic cycling scenery and experience the Tour de France feeling!


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