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|A roomy Dales cottage in Thwaite, Greystones is surrounded by truly amazing upper Swaledale scenery, with many walks straight from the door. Full of character, with beamed and boarded ceilings, and stone stairs, the cottage has an open fire (and central heating), dining kitchen and a useful large utility room from the back door for wet clothes and boots! Such a comfortable house for families, the house is also a great base for couples, with a lovely little private lawned garden to the rear. Comfortable bedrooms complete the picture of a cottage with great Dales character, yet with an eye to guest comfort and a Swaledale welcome. The Pennine Way is yards away, with many other walks from the door, including an easy stroll to Muker (through the fields), where there is a pub, a craft shop/gallery and a woollens shop. The Kearton Country Hotel is a stone's throw away, for those evenings when you can't face cooking, so just curl up in front of the fire and relax! Sleeps 5. Sorry, no smokers or pets. Free wifi!
A 2 person discount (one bedroom) of 10% is available on week bookings (sorry, not during peak periods).Greystones, Thwaite, is next door to Stockdale Cottage and the two cottages can be booked together to sleep 11, at a 10% discount for week bookings and a 5% discount for short breaks. Please ring to book both cottages together.
Greystones weekly bookings run from Saturday to Saturday (reserve online or call on 01748 886366). Short breaks are available (see FAQs) - please ring to make a short break booking.
Thwaite is a lovely, friendly village, overlooked by magnificent Kisdon. Plenty of walks direct from the village, along the Pennine Way to Keld, or over Great Shunner Fell to Wensleydale, or gentle rambles through the meadows amongst Swaledale sheep and lambs. The Kearton Country Hotel, just yards from the cottage, is highly regarded for food and drink and a mobile fish and chip van calls on Fridays, 8 - 8.30pm.
Muker is a mile away, with a village shop, Swaledale Woollens (items all knitted locally using Swaledale sheep wool), gallery/craft shop and good pub, with enthusiastic new young owners, the Farmer's Arms (dog-friendly). Keld is 2 miles further updale, with Keld Lodge serving food and drink and ice creams and refreshments at Rukins, Park Lodge. Lovely walks if you take the bus (Dales and District) to Keld and walk back to Thwaite, Muker, or further, to Gunnerside.
Ghyllfoot Tearoom and bistro (Wed and Sat eves, booking required) serves excellent food, at Gunnerside (takeaway curry at tearoom on Monday evenings). Also, working smithy and museum (summer hours opening). The Punch Bowl at Low Row, 7 miles, and the CB Inn, Arkengarthdale, are gastropubs serving upmarket food and drink and there are numerous pubs, tearooms, village shops, garages, Post Office, organic bakery and Swaledale Outdoors for hiking equipment at Reeth, 11 miles (and a Friday market).
Hawes is 6 miles over the Buttertubs pass, in Wensleydale, with a variety of shops, the Ropemaker's, antique shops, banks (with cashpoints), garage and little industrial estate (the Good Life is great for food, logs, practically everything!), Tuesday market. Supermarkets at Leyburn, 20 miles, Richmond, 23 miles, Co-op, Kirkby Stephen, 11 miles and 24 hr Tesco's at Catterick Garrison, 23 miles (which delivers, as do Asda, Sainsburys and a local firm, Granary Foods). Hazel Brow Organic Farm can provide a welcome hamper for your arrival (Low Row) and Ghyllfoot Tearoom (Gunnerside) frozen "bistro-style" meals - see FAQs.
Bike hire at Fremington, 13 miles, Hazel Brow Organic Farm at Low Row.
The only nearby mobile signal is Orange, but please note, this runs out below Muker; there is no mobile signal at all in Thwaite or immediate surrounding area. There is a payphone in Thwaite (the cottage has a phone for incoming calls). Recycling facilities at Muker and Keld. Free wifi at Greystones, Thwaite.
Week bookings run from Saturday to Saturday (reserve online or give us a call on 01748 886366). Note, please ensure when booking that you book Greystones, Thwaite (there is a Greystones in Gunnerside, too!).
Greystones, Thwaite, is next door to Stockdale Cottage and the two cottages can be booked together to sleep 11, at a 10% discount for week bookings and a 5% discount for short breaks. Please contact us on 01748 886366 to book both cottages together.
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.
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Sept 12..."Had a lovely week, weather fine, house lovely 5*. Enjoyed the fish and chips from the mobile van on Friday night." Mr and Mrs Cannon, Skipton.
Aug 12..."Had a great holiday with our grandchildren right next door!" Mr and Mrs Fordsham, London.
June 12..."Had a lovely holiday despite the weather! In a comfortable area for cottage. Last visit was to Stockdale Cottage over 20 years ago! So we have been down memory lane a few times this week - happy days!" Owen and Jo Williams, Lincs.
June 12..."We loved staying in your beautiful and comfortable Dales home. We were all very happy here, thank-you so much! We walked miles every day and enjoyed ourselves tremendously - wish we didn't have to leave!" Ted and Georgienne Young, Salem, USA.
June 12..."Lovley cottage, clean and cosy. Fire used far too much for June - weather not kind! Thank-you! The Bell Family, Haslemere and Billingham.
May 12..."FAB!! House and weather TOOO HOT!!! Tranquil setting- just right to recharge our batteries after a traumatic week." Roger and Monika, Sudbury, Suffolk.
April 12..."Very nice cottage, very well-equipped." Anne and David Newbury, Northumberland.
March 12..."A very enjoyable stay in your cosy and well-appointed comfy cottage - everything we needed to hand. Enjoyed all weathers over last 7 days!" Mr and Mrs Kirk, Bolton.
March 12..."Outstanding week of glorious weather and a bit of luck at Sedgefield Races! 18th visit!" Richard and Gaynor Palmer.
Jan 12..."17th visit!" Richard and Gaynor Palmer, Pentridge.
Jan 12..."Our first visit to this part of the UK and to this excellent cottage. Really enjoyed the well-appointed facilities, especially the utility room for wet clothes! Great walks and interesting places to visit." Philippa, Bob, Bethany and Jonathan Coates, Cambridge.
Nov 11..."Enjoyed our short stay." Sue and Phil Powell, Nottingham.
Oct 11..."Really lovely cottage - very comfortable. We were lucky with the weather, too! Had a delicious meal at the Farmer's Arms, Muker." The Peartree family, Ipswich.
Oct 11..."Beautiful landscape, we had a lovely time and spent our holiday in a very pretty cottage (also well-equipped)." Uli and Elki, Germany.
Sept 11..."Lovely cottage, great walking and even the weather was good!" Jackie and Phil Hambe, Southampton.
Aug 11..."Had a nice holiday, mixed weather." The Sears family, Widnes.
Aug 11..."We've had a great week in a lovely cottage with beautiful surroundings." Sylvia, Joanne, Philip and Rebecca Burroughs, Suffolk.
Aug 11..."Had a great time, as usual. Just as comfortable as next door [Stockdale Cottage]. Shame about the weather. Will be back again soon!" The Rowe family, Surrey.
July 11..."Our second stay in a beautiful part of the Dales. The weather not been that great, but the coal fire was very welcome! Thank-you for a lovely cottage. See you again." Tony and Marilyn, Huntingdon, Cambs.
July 11..."We were very happy with the cottage. It suited us down to the ground. We have had a very happy holiday. Thanks!" The Hudsons and Hardmans, Grimsby and Manchester.
July 11..."Lovely cottage and nice family holiday." The Brown family, Hull and Stillington.
June 11..."Lovely to become better acquainted with Swaledale. The wildflower meadows lived up to expectations. Stunning!" Hilary and David Bradley, Cheltenham.
June 11..."Beautiful setting, lovely cottage, a great holiday home. Many thanks." Emma and Sam White, Leistow, Suffolk.
June 11..."Lovely, comfortable, clean cottage. Beautiful scenery." Kate, John and family, Suffolk.
June 11..."Thank-you for a lovely week. Stunning scenery, very good suppers at Kearton Country Hotel, hope to be back." David and Pauline, Norfolk.
May 11..."Breathtaking wildflowers and peaceful river walks. Friendly people and the finest walk home from 'the local', Farmer's Arms." Vivien, Jack, Graeme and Rosie, Oxford adn Co. Durham.
Apr 11..."Lovely cottage. Thanks for a fab week." Steven and Josie, Wymondham, Norfolk.
Apr 11..."A fantastic week in this lovely cottage, helped by 7 days of sunshine! Comfortable, cosy cottage a pleasure to come back to in the evening." The Button family, Ealing, London.
Apr 11..."Unexpectedly sunburnt on the first day! Loved all the walks from the door - hardly used the car. This was a very welcome break for us all." The Bateman family, Ely, Cambs.
Feb 11..."Thank-you for letting us share your cottage!" Sue and Mike Child, Billingshurst.
Jan 11..."A very happy time in this warm and spacious cottage in beautiful Swaledale." Alan and Yvonne Wilder, Hemel Hempstead, Herts.