|A very attractive terraced cottage in Gunnerside, warm and cosy, yet spacious enough for two double bedrooms. Newly decorated and furnished, with a multi-fuel stove, Christmas Cottage has true Dales character, combined with modern convenience and comfort. The cottage is a lovely house from which to explore beautiful Swaledale on the doorstep and to return to after long walks in the crisp snow or over hills covered with purple heather. A gem of a cottage for a holiday to remember!
Sorry, no smoking. Sleeps 4. Pets welcome! Free wifi!
Week bookings at Christmas Cottage run from Saturday to Saturday (reserve online or call us on 01748 886366).
Short breaks are available (see FAQs) - please ring 01748 886366 to reserve a short break.
Gunnerside is the gateway to Upper Swaledale, its quaint Dales stone cottages creating a wonderfully old-fashioned atmosphere. The village tearoom / bistro, Ghyllfoot, serves very good food (bistro open Wednesday/Saturday evenings, book in advance, takeaway curry Mondays) and you can buy ice-creams in summer at the Smithy Museum. A wonderful variety of walks and treks start and end in the village, with local shops, craft shops, galleries, museums, pubs, tearooms and Hazel Brow Organic Farm in nearby villages. Nearest pubs are the Farmer's Arms at Muker, 3 miles updale, and the Punch Bowl Inn, a gastropub at Low Row, 2 miles downdale. Post office, Friday market, garage, local shops, tearooms, Swaledale Outdoors for hiking equipment and recycling facilites available at Reeth, 6 miles. Bike hire at Fremington, 7 miles. Orange (only) mobile (patchy) reception. Hazel Brow Organic Farm can provide a welcome hamper for your arrival (Low Row) and Ghyllfoot Tearoom frozen "bistro-style" meals - see FAQs. Free wifi at Christmas Cottage.
Week bookings run from Saturday to Saturday (reserve online or call on 01748 886366).
Short breaks are available (see FAQs). Please ring us to make a short break booking, or for a price for a different number of nights.
Cat Hole Cottages can provide towel hire if required, £2pp - please ring 01748 886366 to reserve.
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Jan 13..."All enjoyed a relaxing break at Christmas Cottage. Warm and cosy and everything we could have needed. The countryside is stunning and the Friday fish and chip van is a must!" Jacky, Simon, Alli and Libby McGrath.
Jan 13..."Our second New Year at the cottage and a very soggy one it was! Nevertheless, lovely to relax in our home from home. We are looking forward to welcoming many new visitors (and some old ones, too!) in 2013." Ruth and Trevor, owners.
Dec 12..."Christmas at Christmas Cottage. Perfect place to be. Thanks for the decorations including tree. With the fire blazing (no probs lighting it!), it was very cosy and festive. Huge shame the weather has been so mild, so not so much call to light the fire as we might have liked! Great cottage with very comfortable beds, cosy lounge and friendly teddy bears. The kitchen was very well-equipped, and brilliant to have an ipod dock, inspired decision. We'll be back." Lisa and Philip, Worcestershire.
Dec 12..."Lovely, cosy cottage, the Christmas decorations were a lovely touch and meant the cottage really lived up to its name! Thanks for a lovely stay, hope to be back again in the future and will recommend to others." Julie and Stephen Webster.
Nov 12..."We have had a wonderful stay at Christmas Cottage. What a gorgeous home from home you have made it! So glad we got to visit such a lovely area. We will definitely recommend it to others." Clodagh and Adam, Gloucester.
Nov 12..."We have had a really pleasant stay. Loved everything about the cottage, especially the logburner for those cold evenings! The cottage is very well-equipped and we would love to stay again in the future and will definitely recommend! Thanks for a lovely holiday!" Jenny, Chris and Harvey, Tracey, Paul and Alfie.
Nov 12..."Can't fault the cottage, and we have stayed in quite a few. Really enjoyed our stay." Ian and Mary, Rothbury, Northumberland.
Nov 12..."Is it corny to say that Christmas amce early?.. Most probably - sorry! But it did! The cottage is beautiful and we enjoyed a lovely couple of evenings in front of the fire. We are sorry to be leaving - but we hope to be back soon.." Richard, Sharon and a very tired Annie, our border terrier.
Oct 12..."A lovely warm cosy cottage, very well-equipped. Excellent meal in the Punch Bowl. We have thoroughly enjoyed the weekend - thank-you." Ian, Chris, Angela and Ian.
Oct 12..."Glorious weather this weekend - walked our socks off!" Ruth and Trevor, owners.
Oct 12..."Loved your cosy cottage, lovely and snug once we got the fire going. Wish we could have stayed longer, sob, sob. Many thanks." Vikki and Jeff Richardson.
Oct 12..."Thank-you. We have really enjoyed staying in your lovely cottage. It's beautifully furnished and decorated, as well as being very well-equipped. We had a very nice takeaway curry from Ghyllfoot Tearoom, thanks again." Dessie, John and Tasha, Brough, East Yorks.
Sept 12..."We've had a really great holiday out here in the Dales! The cottage was a perfect base with all the comfort we needed. Swaledale is really pretty - we did so many walks around Gunnerside, but also went to other parts of the Dales. Thanks for home away from home." Alex and Lien.
Sept 12..."The week has gone far too quickly. We have enjoyed our stay at Christmas Cottage and exploring this part of the Dales." Brian, Dawn and Claire Johnson, Lincs.
Aug 12..."We have had a lovely week in Gunnerside." Neil and Chris Smyth, Belper.
Aug 12..."Have had a lovely week and very relaxed. Wish we were staying for a few more days, still loads to see. Our favourite place to eat is pub in Muker, very friendly and meals excellent." Andrew, Gail, Aaron and Jenna, Tillicoultry, Scotland.
Aug 12..."We went on 2 lovely walks and went to Richmond Castle. Cottage is really lovely and we had a great time. Dogs loved all smells too." George, Dom, Amy, Karl.
July 12..."We have had a great week in Christmas Cottage. A slight problem we had with the toilet light was fixed with a phone call. Great little cottage in a lovely area." Brenda, Tork, Matt and Olivia.
July 12… “We’ve had a great stay in Christmas Cottage. Everything we needed was provided and more – well equipped and comfortable. We’ve had some great meals, notably the Punch Bowl at Low Row was excellent, and a cream tea in Thwaite at the coffee shop. Pub good and very dog friendly. Walks from the cottage are great – would recommend walking to Muker through the meadows. We’ve really enjoyed our first visit to the Yorkshire Dales and I’m sure we’ll return… Curry from Tea Rooms on Monday evening good value and very warming. Pub meals are large! Fish + chip van on Fridays (about 7.00pm) fantastic.” Sue and Tony & Max the dog, Ashorne, Warwickshire.
July 12… “The location is perfect for a relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle we are used to and so many fantastic walks and places to visit, thank you for all the wealth of information you provide on walks and places to visit… Gunnerside itself is a great location, tranquil, an excellent pub, friendly and Christmas Cottage has provided us with a cosy, comfortable and well equipped charming stay. It’s lovely to stay in a cottage with all this charm…We are sure to return someday and would absolutely recommend.” Natalie, Bob, Mary-Anne and Paul, Chelmsford.
June 12…” This was our 4th stay at Christmas Cottage and we were very impressed with the improvements. They are in keeping with the cosy nature of the cottage. ..We hope Christmas Cottage has a rosy future, and we will be staying again.” Peter and Jo, Blackburn.
June 12..."Always a pleasure to stay here - sad to be leaving as always and look forward to coming back soon." Laura, John and Jill, Maidenhead.
May 12..."A lovely, homely cottage, well equipped and very peaceful...Lovely area, we visited Hazel Brow Farm (fabulous), Thorp Perrow, all of the surrounding towns and the waterfalls. Breathtaking views from all sides!" Pam, Simon, Alex (3) and William (18mths), Manchester.
May 12..."A lovely quiet spot away from it all. Enjoyed the walks, the surrounding towns and castles etc. Definitely makes one want to live here! Cottage done very well." Roger and Jo, Milton Keynes.
April 12... "I'm tempted to say we loved it and leave it at that! We thought your cottage was charming and cosy. It has been refurbished with flair and an eye to practicality and is very well equipped. The village is delightful and with so many walks on the doorstep there is nothing more you could wish for. I am coming round to thinking that Swaledale is my favourite of all the Yorkshire Dales and we have visited them all!" Alice and Oliver, Great Ayton.
March 12..."Had a lovely relaxing stay in a beautifully decorated and refurbished cottage. All the home comforts provided for. Gunnerside is a lovely village with fantastic views. So quiet and peaceful. Can't wait to return. This stay has really made us appreciate how special and spectacular Swaledale really is. Have met so many friendly and helpful people. Very sad to leave."Tricia and Johann, Hull.
Jan 11..."Our third trip to Christmas Cottage and we have again enjoyed our stay. The King's Head was great and another highlight was the mobile fish and chip van." Peter and Joanne Wright, Blackburn.
Dec 10..."We had a really lovely stay here. A very cosy cottage. We thank you for a lovely, cosy cottage." Ashley, Paula, Stephen and Catherine, Northampton.Oct 09..."Lovely cottage with everything we needed for a relaxing half term break. King's Head friendly with good food. Swaledale is beautiful and not busy (like Lake District would be) and surrounding area also lovely. Thanks for providing a great base!"
The Bayers, Morden, Co. Durham.
Oct 09..."We found Christmas Cottage warm and cosy and very homely - what a great place to start exploring the Dales! You must pop over the road to the Tearoom for a wonderful afternoon tea with homemade cakes and scones - yummy! We are very sad to be leaving this wonderful part of the country, but hope to visit again soon."
Sept 09..."Our first visit to the Dales and what a fabulous week! The lovely cottage has been so warm and cosy to return back to after some wonderful walks. We shall miss the log fire in the evenings! Thank-you Yorkshire for a memorable visit."
Aug 09..."We've had an excellent holiday in the Dales - weather didn't hold us up (but drying rack very useful!). Brilliant walks and pubs! Cottage very comfortable and well-equipped - thanks!"
May 09.."A first visit to Gunnerside - cottage was comfortable. Thanks for a lovely stay in a cottage with such spacious rooms. Our meal at the King's Head was excellent."
May 09..."First visit, but possibly not the last. Found the cottage very comfortable. Enjoyed being able to do lots of walks straight from the door. Thanks for making your cottage such a home from home."