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|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!
Up to two well-behaved dogs welcome. Free wifi! Sorry, no smoking. Sleeps 4.
Week bookings at the Haven run from Saturday to Saturday (reserve online or telephone 01748 886366).
Short breaks are available (see FAQs) - please call to book a short break.
The Haven, located in the heart of the the pretty village of Gunnerside, has lots of amenities. Ghyllfoot tearoom/bistro is within strolling distance (bistro open Wed/Sat evenings, book in advance, curry takeaway Mondays), with a wealth of tearooms, inns, galleries, museums and craft shops to be found within a 10 mile radius, including Hazel Brow Organic Farm and gastropub, the Punch Bowl, at Low Row and larger facilities, shops and supermarkets within half an hour's drive. Reeth, 6 miles, has two garages, post office, organic bakery, three pubs, Friday market, Swaledale Outdoors for hiking equipment (they'll even post your old boots home for you!) and local shops (logs and sticks can be bought here). Updale nearest pub is the Farmer's Arms at Muker, 2 miles. Bike hire at Fremington, 7 miles. Charming hamlets and villages are a must to explore, as well as quaint old-fashioned market towns. Orange (only) mobile reception in Gunnerside area (patchy). Free wifi at the Haven. Hazel Brow Organic Farm can provide a welcome hamper for your arrival (Low Row) and Ghyllfoot Tearoom frozen "bistro-style" meals - see FAQs.
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..."Weather been fantastic, great walks, had a lovely time!" S and C Godfrey, Hastings.
Aug 12..."Had a great time, loved the cottage. Thank-you!" The Barnes family, Northwich.
Aug 12..."Lovely cycling holiday in Swaledale, Teesdale and Weardale. The Haven was an excellent base, both comfortable and functional. We'd love to return." Sue and David Cannell and family, Shrewsbury.
June 12..."A fab week in the Haven - weather not great that didn't dampen spirits! Lovely, cosy cottage, great walks nearby. We love Gunnerside and the Dales and will be back soon!" Jamie and Ryan, Holyhead.
June 12..."We fell in love with the Yorkshire Dales and the meadows. Great holiday, despite poor weather. Wonderful walks everywhere." The Dicksons and Conways, Scotland.
June 12..."Lovely cottage - everything we needed, lovely to have a garden space for dogs. Great local pub - dogs loved the dog menu! Great fish and chips Friday evening." Dawn and Steve, Bury St Edmunds.
May 12..."Great cottage. Had a great week!" Julie and Andy, Dunmow, Essex.
April 12..."A comfortable cottage. Wish we were here for Swaledale Festival - the programme looks brilliant. Best eats, the Farmer's Arms, Muker." Sue and Mark, Birmingham.
Apr 12..."A lovely hideaway for Ian's 50th birthday." Cath and Ian, Hull.
Apr 12..."We loved the Haven, great value for money, great location and we love Gunnerside. The King's Head was fantastic and the Tan Hill Inn is a lovely drive. The cottage is well stocked up and we all found it very comfy, relaxing and will look forward to coming back again soon." Ms C Priestley, Leeds.
March 12..."Our second stay at the Haven and we have had a great week. Swaledale remains the only place where total relaxation can be found! Fantastic location, fantastic views, fantastic local pub, a fantastic stay!" The Maguires, W Yorks.
March 12..."The cottage was perfect for us. It's our first holiday with our 3 month old baby, we love coming to the Yorkshire Dales. We did several local walks from the cottage and had beautiful sunny weather. It has been such a relaxing break. Thank-you!" Sarah, Martyn and Harry, Lincs.
March 12..."The cottage is very comfortable and cosy when the log fire gets going. Great for Alfie (the Springer), spent the whole break in the river." Gary and Wendy, Baildon.
Feb 12..."We come back year after year, a very special place to be for both of us." Steve and Jan.
Jan 12..."It has been a privilege to spend a wintry week in Swaledale - many thanks!" The Ainsworths, Preston.
Jan 12..."Our second stay at the Haven, and what a great start to the new year. The weather has been great, two days were just sunshine and blue sky. Nearly all our walks have been from the cottage and all have been spectacular. Highlights have been the warm welcome, great food and drink at the King's Head, we also enjoyed a drink at the Farmer's Arms, Muker, and we also had a lovely meal at the Punch Bowl. We are now looking foward to our next stay at the Haven, we hope it is soon." Peter and Jo Wright, Blackburn, Lancs.
Jan 12..."Our second stay at the Haven, a lovely cottage in the heart of Swaledale. Great walks, lovely food at the Farmer's Arms, nice relaxing five days." Jane and Joe Gray, Sheffield.
Dec 11..."A great week's walking - great to explore the hills and the lead mines!" Chris and Jo, Stockton-on-Tees.
Nov 11..."A special week, chilling, walking, drinking, eating and loving!" Paul and Louise Drake.
Oct 11..."Great week. Weather very good, lots of fantastic walks. Local pub excellent and cottage lovely." Caroline, Chris and Callum Hinge, Bishop's Stortford, Herts.
Sept 11..."Cottage lovely; love the decor and cottage size. Nice to have garden for the little one to play in." The Greenings, Hull.
Sept 11..."We have had a super week at the Haven, totally relaxing, comfortable adn excellent location - great to have the garden. We definitely hope to return again soon, thank-you." Christine and Mark Storey, Lower Raydon, Suffolk.
Aug 11..."What a gorgeous cottage - we want one!! The gill was fantastic, well worth the climb! We have really enjoyed our stay here." Jennifer, Gary, Beth and Ellie, Baildon, W Yorks.
Aug 11...Had a lovely long weekend here. Enjoyed some walks right from the front door. The cottage was cosy and very comfortable and even though it was August, it was a bit chilly ot, so we enjoyed a real fire!" Rachael and Michael Flesher and Poppy, the spaniel, Harrogate.
Aug 11..."Enjoyed a lovely week here, had plenty of sunshine and some rain! The locals have been very friendly." Tamzin, Ray, Thomas and James, Northampton.
Aug 11..."Lovely stay in Gunnerside. Didn't manage to do everything we wanted, so will be back one day!" Angela, Vince, Edi and baby Magnus, Aberdeen.
July 11..."We have had a fantastic stay in Gunnerside and are sad to be leaving this lovely place. The cottage is ideal, one of the nicest we have stayed in." Claire and Patrick Wilson, Billingham, Teesside.
July 11..."What a lovely, comfy, clean, stylish cottage! Really enjoyed sitting out in both gardens. Good meal at the bistro Saturday!" Alison and Peter, York.
June 11..."We've enjoyed our stay in lovely Gunnerside - and the weather was good! Very comfortable in the Haven." Joan Little, Liz Holmes, Northumberland.
Apr 11..."Beautiful place with lots of walks; lovely cottage to return to after a day out on the hills! Good to get away from the city life, can't beat the English countryside!" The Watson family.
Apr 11..."Wow! Fantastic cottage, one of the nicest we have stayed in." Claire, Graham, Rosie and Ella, Burley-in-Wharfedale.
Apr 11..."Lovely cottage in great location - we loved its proximity to the King's Head, which we found to be a typical village pub; very friendly, plus good food. We've seen Swaledale at its best - lambs, primroses, violets and cowslips and the most fantastic scenery in the country." Helen and Roger, Derbyshire.
March 11..."Just a few days to recharge. 2nd stay at the Haven - ideal cottage, thanks!" Jane and Jonathan, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.Oct 09..."On Monday we went for a walk in the mines at Gunnerside.On Tuesday we went to the museum at Hawes. On Thursday and Friday we went for walks at Surrender Bridge and then Buckden Pike. Mum and Dad thought the cottage was fab! Watch out for power cuts!"
Ramsay Leitham, 6 years old, Peebles.
Oct 09..."My first visit to the Dales. It was just as good as Lynne said it would be - thanks."
Oct 09..."This was our first visit to the Dales and it won't be the last! We have had a fantastic week - fab weather, fab walks right on your doorstep, fab cottage and plenty to do. The Haven is one of the best cottages we have stayed in and we will defo be booking with Cat Hole Cottages again. We are sad to leave and can't wait to return."
Sept 09..."Had a lovely relaxing week. The Haven is a super cottage to stay in, even with a broken leg! Swaledale is always beautiful and never disappoints."
Sept 09..."Beautiful cottage, well-equipped, weather superb, fantastic countryside. We have had a lovely short break. Could not ask for more!"
Sept 09..."Wonderful relaxing break, weather terrible, but that just meant more R+R, which was great. Cottage amazing (best we've been to). Loved it and really sad to leave."