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Cissy's Cottage A Cosy 18th Century Stone Built cottage, Nestled Under The Fell

Hawes, North Yorkshire, UK
  • Cottage
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay0 - 7 nights

Traditional 2 Bedroomed Cottage, Sleeps 4 With Beamed Ceilings And Open Fire.

Built in the 1700’s Cissy’s Cottage is a delightful little stone built cottage of quiet outstanding character that never fails to embrace you as you walk through the door. A traditional dales cottage that still retains the best of its original 18th century features. With its open fire and beamed ceilings, a warm and cosy atmosphere welcomes you.

Originally built as a shepherds cottage, its’ charm is quiet unique. In the main downstairs room with its flagged floors you’ll find the open fire, that together with the storage heaters provide the warmth that is held in by the thick cottage walls and low ceilings. In this room is a sitting area with comfortable sofas, kick off your boots and relax. Beneath the side window is your dining table, eat your breakfast as you look out across the pasture and up the hill side, planning your days walk.

From the sitting room you will find a quiet unusual semi-circular kitchen which was added onto the cottage at some point. The flag floor continues into the kitchen and stone has also been used to make the crescent shaped shelves and worktops to fit the curving walls of the kitchen. Washing up in the Belfast sink, if you choose not to use the dishwasher, isn’t such a task as you look out of the window for another view of the fell. There is also a drier just in case you get caught in one of those dales showers!

Upstairs in the two bedrooms you can see the beauty of the old pine walls and sit in the deep window sills, watching the world go by. Any tall people visiting will soon realise that the ceiling height upstairs is just a little over 6 feet.

The double room has an iron and brass bedstead, while the other room sleeps two in single beds. There is also a travel cot if one is needed. All linen is provided except for the cot, with extra blankets in the wardrobe in case they are needed.

The country style bathroom is clean and simple with plenty of hot water for a relaxing bath after a day’s walking or sightseeing.

Outside there is a small garden at the front, raised up from the road, with a sun trap sitting area to grab the last of the evening sun. To the side of the garden is the coal shed with its grass covered roof, (please don’t climb on this, a cow once did and had to be let out through the door a little shocked!) A door in the wall will lead you through to the long back garden/paddock and the base of the hills.

Whether it’s walking straight from the cottage door through the fields, along the rivers or up the hill and onto the moors with just the grouse and sheep, or exploring the dale, looking at the spectacular scenery, stopping off at various tea rooms on the way. For the fishermen amongst us there is also the chance to spend an hour or two trying to catch the elusive monster of the River Ure! as the cottage comes with the right to fly fish on several of the local waters, please ask for a permit.

Cissy’s Cottage is an ideal place to relax and unwind, take in the slower life of the dales.


Belinda Metcalfe

Member Since 2014
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 05, 2018
About Belinda Metcalfe

We are a farming family, who farm in the Vale of York. Now our children and grand children, enjoy the cottage and the Dales as much as we do.

Belinda Metcalfe purchased this Cottage in 1979

Why Belinda Metcalfe chose Hawes

Cissy's Cottage has been in our family for over 100 years. The last person to live there before we took over was an old lady called Cissy, hence its name, It was always known as Cissy's Cottage. One of the oldest in the village, it was originally built as a shepherds dwelling, if only those thick stone walls could talk, the stories they could tell.

What makes this Cottage unique

The open fire, beamed ceilings, flagged floors, cupboards in the wall, the stairs with a twist, low ceilings, original pine bedroom walls, a kitchen with curved round walls and crescent shaped stone shelves and work surfaces, the grass roofed coal house, the open views of the fields and fells A totally unique cottage in a beautiful land where the way of life is dictated by the natural elements, the weather and above all the hills.


    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single, 1 baby crib
      • Linen provided except for the cot, please bring your own. Electric blankets and extra bedding available.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub
      • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC

      Location Type

        • Rural
        • Village


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Fireplace
                      open fire, coal provided
                    • Heating
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Parking
                      Road side
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Tumble Dryer


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Stone shelves
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Tea, coffee, sugar, oil, seasoning's, those little bits that you use every now and again.
                        • Refrigerator
                          with freezer compartment
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Television


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Both front and back


                                        • smoking allowed
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • autumn foliage
                                            • caves
                                            • churches
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • restaurants
                                            • ruins
                                            • waterfalls

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • bird watching
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • mountain climbing
                                                        • mountaineering

                                                          7 Reviews

                                                          Very Good4.1/5

                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          A traditional cottage, very cosy. We couldn't have found anything better.

                                                          John B.

                                                          Very impressed with everything about the property and the location. It was exactly what we were looking for as a base for travelling round the dales and it was wonderful to come back at night and sit in front of a blazing coal fire.

                                                          We also found the owner very helpful when we had a couple of questions.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          I'm glad that you found Cissy's just what you wanted, there is nothing better than spending winter evenings in front of the fire. Thank-you for your review.

                                                          Property was as described.

                                                          Alan T.

                                                          The property was fine but the area was a little disappointing

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Dear Alan,

                                                          Thank-you for your review, I'm not really sure what to say in response, the Dales are a very special area full of interest both geologically and historical. The beauty of the landscape, the waterfalls, the meadows the moors has been documented many times. In fact a Christmas advert for a national supermarket was filmed in the village just a couple of weeks before you stayed. There are villages dating back to the Romans, there are historical houses including Bolton Castle.

                                                          Leaving the immediate area, there are more dales, all different with their own history and market towns. A little further there is the Lake District and York in the other direction.

                                                          So I'm sorry it wasn't what you had hoped and the area didn't excite you are much as it does us, but we are all different and that's a good thing!

                                                          I hope your next holiday ticks more boxes for you.

                                                          Thank-you again for staying at Cissys,

                                                          Belinda Metcalfe

                                                          Very traditional tiny cottage

                                                          Jean C.

                                                          Hargrave is a fabulous venue with so many walks to take either from the cottage or a very short car ride. The cottage is rather dark and the kitchen tiny but all the appliances work very well. I found the stairs very steep but I am quite old. The bathroom is very good clean and light and there was plenty of hot water which was very nice. It is a pity that there is no back door and the garden is a public right of way, but of course it was impossible for it to be otherwise. It was a little damp when we arrived but regular fires every evening cured that. Really enjoyed our stay and painted some lovely pictures.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Thank-you for your review, I am glad that you enjoyed your stay at Cissy's Cottage. You have to remember that the cottage is very old and was built to shelter those living there, the small windows and no back door are not easy to alter but also make the cottage warm and cosy on winter nights and cool on summer days.

                                                          The back garden is large, the path runs down the far side and through the neighbours yard, unless they are lost, walkers shouldn't disturb anyone at Cissy's. It does mean that you don't have to go far to join the vast system of footpaths, no excuse!

                                                          I would love to see your paintings, and hope that you return to paint in a different season, the light and colours in the dales vary so much through out the year.

                                                          Cissy's cottage

                                                          Peter G.

                                                          Positive: view outside , close to pub and waterfall. Easy way to nice walks and beautiful surroundings.

                                                          Neg: dark inside, dirty, no shower, strange smell inside, no Wifi. Need some upgrading and modernization.

                                                          Owner's Response:


                                                          Thank-you for your review, I'm glad that you enjoyed the Dales. I have read your comments about the cottage and can only conclude that you didn't realise the property that you had booked. It is far from a modern dwelling and very different from any you will find in Holland. Cissy's Cottage was built in the early 1700's. It is dark in the downstairs room because the walls are 2 - 3 feet thick and the windows are small for the room size, it was built to keep the weather out and warmth in! the bedrooms are smaller and so are nice and light. There is no shower because the ceiling in the bathroom is only 6ft tall and there is not enough height to fit one in. Raising the ceiling would involve raising the roof and the overall height of the cottage.

                                                          The wifi, I understand was a problem for you but being in the middle of the dales until recently there was no mobile signal and even now it is not good.

                                                          I'm not sure what you mean by upgrading and modernisation, the appliances are renewed every 1-5 years or when needed, the cooker was new this spring. I do send out an information sheet all about the cottage it's history and it's quirks but perhaps a barn conversion or a new build would have suited you better.

                                                          We have an old cottage that we have tried to retain most of the original features, it is these make the cottage unique and give it the special character that many of our visitors love and come back to year after year.


                                                          Vikki K.

                                                          We decided to have a relaxing christmas after a mad year of work and we were looking for a charming cosy cottage to kick back and relax in,what we found in cissys was all that and more, it is a stunning little cottage with breath taking countryside views.

                                                          If your looking for the authentic cottage feel then cissys is the place to go. The village has a lovely pub with very friendly locals and of course the beautiful hardraw force, cissys is a place we will be visiting again. Thank you Belinda

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Thank-you for your review, I'm glad that Cissy added that extra sparkle to your Christmas and you had a lovely, magical time!

                                                          We would love you to visit Cissy's again, perhaps see what she has to offer at a different time of year, or even a just a few days out of season.

                                                          Looking forward to welcoming you back

                                                          What a hidden gem!

                                                          Beatrix E.Pontefract

                                                          Tucked away in the wonderfully sleepy village of Hardraw, we spent our week exploring local walks (you can litterally walk out the back garden!) eating ice cream from the cafe over the bridge, catching an end of the day pint in the village pub and meeting plenty of lovely Dales folk.

                                                          Mrs Metcalfe was friendly and helpful with all our questions before hand and the place was cosy from the moment we walked in. Couldn't recommend a better spot to explore the Dales from, and we're looking forward to being back next year!

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Many thanks for the wonderful review, so glad I could help, Sounds like the ideal way to spend your days. Look forward to booking you in for next time.


                                                          Hawes, North Yorkshire, UK

                                                          Beautiful Wensleydale, a lush green valley with a patchwork of fields and isolated barns which are bound by grey stone walls. The River Ure rises above Hawes at the head of the dale is fed by many streams and becks as it pursues its course through the dale, whilst winding roads on either side of the river link together a chain of unspoilt villages, affording breathtaking views as well as access to the heather moors and the neighbouring Dales of Swaledale, Dent Dale, Coverdale to name but a few. The Dales offer attractions for people of all ages, particularly rich in picturesque walks across the fells and grouse moors, over the limestone crags and scars. For the hardy there is the Pennine Way, that passes through Hard raw village, whilst the less dedicated rambler may stroll through the meadows to discover the many delights from the spectacular 100 foot drop of Hardraw Scar (Englands Highest waterfall) to the delightful series of falls at Aysgarth and Keld. During the summer there are sheepdog demonstrations organised by a local farmer. For those wanting to find out more about the rich history of the area there are countryside museums in the local towns with the closest being in Hawes. Hawes is the market town for the upper dale and still holds a market each week on Tuesdays. It is also the home of the celebrated Wensledale cheese, visitors can tour the creamery. Take a stroll in the lovely old town with its cobbled street, narrow paths, nestled under the hills that surround it. Driving down the dale you will find the neighbouring village of Askrigg, the 'Darrowby' of the James Herriot films, Castle Bolton, that once imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots, Middleham, home of many racehorse stables and also Middleham Castle. A little further afield you will find the delights of Richmond, with its market square, castle, and wonderful Georgian Theatre, the market towns of Leyburn, Bedale, Northallerton,and Skipton all unique and still holding weekly markets.Whilst the City of York, or Harrogate are well worth a visit if the weather really turns. For those with an interest in historical buildings there are castles, abbeys, country houses, stone circles, towers all for the exploring, all with a story to tell. A few suggestions, Castles - Richmond, Bolton, Skipton, Kendal, Middleham. Abbeys - Bolton, Easby, Rievaulx, Fountains, Jervaulx. Museums - Hawes, Aysgarth, Bowes, Kendal. Richmond, Reeth, York. Golf - Richmond, Bedale, Catterick, Appleby, Northallerton Race Courses - Catterick, Ripon, York, Wetherby Swimming, - Richmond, Northallerton Caves - White Scar, Ingleton. Market Days, Monday - Darlington, Skipton, Kirkby Stephen. Tuesday - Hawes, Bedale. Wednesday - Northallerton, Skipton, Kendal, Sedbergh. Thursday - Ripon, Kirkby Lonsdale Friday - Leyburn, Skipton. Saturday - Northallerton, Skipton, Richmond, Kendal. So much to do, so many places to see!

                                                          Rates & Availability

                                                          Additional information about rental rates

                                                          Through the months of January, February, November and December, short breaks from 2 nights can be booked. Please contact me for prices and availability.

                                                          7 Reviews
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