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Car access - is it difficult for any of the cottages?

A few of our cottages are set high up on the hills, having stunning panoramic views. Access to these cottages is obviously more challenging than those situated in villages, especially in wintry weather. High Bents is reached by a steep, winding single track road, which is used regularly by local residents and utilities eg Royal Mail. It is accessible for many vehicles, although not suitable for larger vehicles eg minibuses, people carriers or trailers, low-slung vehicles, or cars with rear wheel drive, as there are some extremely tight bends. We can't guarantee your car will be able to get up the hill to the cottage, so be prepared to walk from the main road if you can't drive up - bear this in mind before booking. It is also best suited to confident drivers, as there may be a need to reverse up or down the hill if another car is approaching the opposite way. If you need advice, please contact us.

Nettlebed, East Calvert House, Joe House, Mudd House and Throstle Nest Barn are also found along single track roads, although not particularly steep.  Nettlebed is then reached by an unmade track from the road, through 2 gates. The track can be difficult when wet and you will need to negotiate the two tight bends with 3 point turns, depending on which direction you are approaching from. You may need to either reverse 20m from the road to the first bend, then carry on forwards or leave the car on the lower part of the drive and walk up to the house (approx 50m), although most cars should be able to get up the track, as long as you go wide enough - give us a ring for a chat or advice.

Kisdon House is found 1 1/2 miles up a single track road and gravelled track (with 3 or 4 gates) above Muker. The road is quite steep, with some bumps, but access should be fine for all cars (4x4s are not particularly required). However, if you would like more advice, please ring us on 01748 886366 for a chat.

The Rash is found about 120m up a rough track from the main road. The track is quite challenging at a certain place, although in good weather it should be fine for most vehicles, when tackled confidently. 4x4s will find it easier, and should manage it even in wet weather (but not snow or ice). However, normal cars may find it difficult or impossible to negotiate the track in wet weather; if cars cannot negotiate the track, they can be safely left by the side of the main road and guests can walk up and down from the house.

Holidaymakers should also be aware that in wintry weather, the tiny roads to all the above cottages are not gritted by the council, although there are piles of salt and grit at intervals up the hills, which can be accessed by individual car drivers if necessary (bring a shovel). It may still be necessary, however, to leave the car at the main road (or as far as you can get) and walk up and down, or to and from the cottages in poor weather.

If in any doubt about access for any cottage, please ring us for advice before booking. However, we cannot take any responsibility for any difficulties with access under any circumstances and your booking is made entirely at your own risk. You are reminded that your deposit is non-refundable once a booking is made and a deposit paid.

We cannot stress enough how important travel insurance is, to cover any of these, or any other unforeseen, circumstances. It is often hard to imagine the poor weather or road conditions we get here, very close to the Pennines, especially if you're booking when the weather is balmy!

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Judith Dower, ownerHello! I’m Judith Dower and I own Cat Hole Cottages.

My aim is to provide holidaymakers with a friendly, personal service that will give you a first-class quality cottage holiday.


Dogs welcome!

pet-friendlyI am a dog owner myself and I know how frustrating it can be to find a pet friendly accommodation.

That is why we offer pet friendly cottages at no extra charge. After all your pet deserves a holiday too!

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