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Beautifully Converted Dairy, Stunning Views, Walkers Paradise

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Holiday Home in Thoralby, Nr. Bishopdale, Leyburn, Yorkshire Dales - Stunning scenery with walks direct from the doorstop, peaceful and tranquil

The property briefly comprises of: fully fitted kitchen/diner. Downstairs bathroom. Lounge with multi fuel wood burning stove, double sofa bed and arm chair. Flat screen TV, wi-fi, DVD player, cd player, ipod docker and radio. Upstairs double bedroom with pine furniture. lawned garden with views of the dale, table, chairs and BBQ. gravelled front garden with rotary clothes dryer. Private parking for 1-2 cars. Quality fixtures and fittings throughout. The garden is not fully enclosed. All Bed linen and towels, heating and logs for fire are included in the price. The access to the property is via a public bridleway and is approximately half a mile from the village.

Superb walks directly from the door stop including the magnificent Aysgarth Falls and West Burton Falls. Ramsey's mobile fish and chip van comes to Thoralby every Weds usually around 7.45 and are delicious, one not to be missed! Mountain bikes available on request. A very cosy, well equipped cottage surrounded by stunning scenery in a peaceful traffic free location, what more can you ask!

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Jeannette McCrudden
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
July 15, 2017

About Jeannette McCrudden

We are a hard working couple originally from West Yorkshire, now living the dream in the stunning Yorkshire Dales.

When we converted the cottage our aim was to provide high quality, affordable accomodation. Cleanliness, quality and value for money are very important to us and we think this is reflected in Owl Cottage.

The Cottage is set in the most idyllic location, with an abundance of wildlife amidst the most amazing scenery, we look forward to welcoming you to this very special place.

Jeannette McCrudden purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Jeannette McCrudden chose Yorkshire Dales

We discovered how beautiful Wensleydale was in 2005 when we bought a static caravan to use as a bolt hole. We completely fell in love with the place and spent our weekends walking the dogs through the most amazing scenery and enjoying the fantastic local food and drink. In 2007 we stumbled across an old farmhouse that was for sale but in need of major renovation and a huge amount of TLC. We took the plunge and bought the property and have never once looked back. The area is simply stunning and there is so much to see and do. With the renovations now complete and the cottage ready for guests, it is now time for us to enjoy this most wonderful, relaxing way of life.

What makes this cottage unique

Owl Cottage is situated approx half a mile from the village so has the benefit of feeling slightly remote but by no means isolated - the best of both worlds would be how I would describe it. It is a 10 - 15 minute stroll down the track to the village where you will find the shop and the local pub which serves real ales and great food. Aysgarth is within ten minutes drive with the fabulous falls, garage wihich has an off license and well stocked shop. The George and Dragon pub and The Aysgarth Falls Hotel both serve excellent food along with The Streethead Inn which can be found in Newbiggin approx 20 - 30 mins walk.

We are surrounded by beautiful scenery which is perfect for those who love walking or mountain biking.

There are numerous places to visit nearby including the wonderful triple flight Aysgarth Falls, Bolton Castle and the quaint market towns of Hawes and Leyburn.

Perhaps you just like to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet whilst taking in the beautiful scenery. If you really do want to 'get away from it all' then this is the place to do so

Guestbook comments from the owner

After many years of seeking 1st class accommodation as a dog owner I am pleased to say Owl Cottage does exactly what it says on the tin!! A beautiful cottage in a fantastic location which is presented to a very high standard. As a dog owner a 1st for us, many thanks.

Truly lovely place, the cottage, the location - heaven. So nice to be able to holiday in comfort with the hounds.

Had a fantastic stay in this wonderful, clean, warm and cosy cottage. One of the nicest places we have stayed in a long time. Many thanks, hope to return one day.

Had a very relaxing break in this very well presented cottage. It did not disappoint and will definitely recommend. Beautiful countryside and perfect location.

Really enjoyed our stay, lovely cottage in a beautiful location. Excited to have seen an owl and a deer in the garden.

What a gem! Would highly recommend. Cottage and surrounding area both beautiful.

Just Wonderful!
Dec 2009
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Hawes Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Downstairs bathroom with shower over the bath, shower screen, WC, basin with vanity unit and heated towel rail.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2/4 (1 Bedroom) Sofa bed in lounge Notes on bedrooms: Pine furniture comprising double bed, bedside drawers, wardrobe and dressing table with mirror. Touch bedside lamps, hair dryer and radio alarm clock. Velux sky lights with remote control blinds. Double sofa bed in lounge.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
Notes on accommodation: The property is strictly non smoking. Free wi-fi is available via BT Broadband however, as we are in the countryside, the speed may differ to what you are used to. We have received fantastic reviews from all of our guests and it is the perfect place to simply relax and unwind whilst enjoying the wonderful scenery. Should you wish to explore the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, you will find that this is the perfect base to do so. Outside: The property enjoys its own lawned garden with comfortable patio furniture and BBQ. To the front of the cottage there is a gravelled garden area complete with rotary clothes dryer. There is a private parking for 1 -2 cars. The cottage is surrounded by our own land and we are lucky enough to see Owls, deer and even badgers on a regular basis. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The cottage is thoroughly cleaned and prepared for your arrival. All electric, heating, duvets and pillows are included in the price. Other: The lounge has a multi fuel stove and all rooms have oil fired central heating. A good selection of CDs, DVDs books, games, ordnance survey map and maps of local walks are provided.


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Beautifully Converted Dairy, Stunning Views, Walkers Paradise
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Charming cottage, in the heart of the Dales..

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage, fully equipped with amazing scenery close to a quaint village in the Yorkshire Dales.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Amazing cottage for a lovely retreat

  • 5 of 5

Loved the property

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Owl cottage is perfect cottage in perfect location. The owner Jeanette was welcoming and went out of her way to allow us access after a long journey. The cottage in our opinion is five star everything you need lovely furnishings and comfy bed best nights sleep ever. The cottage is in sublime tranquil location overlooking the hills and as we sat and ate breakfast outside due to fab weather we were greeted by lovely sheep. We have never stayed in more tranquil and beautiful setting so peaceful we really hope to be back it will be very hard to top this stay off

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely comment, I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Look forward to seeing you again sometime. Many Thanks for booking Owl Cottage Jeannette
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Sshhhh! Dont tell everyone about it.

  • 5 of 5

I am having a bit of a quandary writing this review as I don't want everyone to know about it so it starts to get booked up to quickly.

I have just got back from a weekend, birthday break with my partner and it couldn't have been better.

The location was perfect for the walking we had planned. Some people may be put off by the bridleway accesss to the cottage but we were in a VW Golf and had no problems so long as you take it steady.

The cottage itself was spotlessly clean and it was obvious that plenty of thought had go into the layout, furnishings, fixtures and fittings.

There was no signal for O2 phones up there but after a friendly welcome from Jeannette she very kindly let us borrow her EE phone to contact our daughter who was in hospital. WiFi signal was sometimes a bit up and down but no more than to be expected in that sort of location and served it purpose when needed.

The number and variety of walks in the area are wonderful and we never used our car once during our stay.

If you want to stock up on food for your break I recommend a trip to Campbell's of Leyburn (20 min drive) great quality fresh food.

The George pub in the village serves good "home cooked" food without to many pretentious frills. We walked there (15 mins there 20 mins back) to eat on the Friday and Saturday. The landlord can come across as a bit brusk sometimes but he warmed to us by the second night. He does like you to book if you want to eat as walk ins for food seem to send things into a bit of a panic.

Thanks for a wonderful weekend in youre fabulous cottage we will be back.

Just don't tell to many people about it.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review, I'm delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to your next visit. Jeannette
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Cosy, comfy cottage in outstanding location

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed a peaceful few days at Owl Cottage. It's very well equipped with every thing you need at hand. The location is stunning, it is half a mile down a farm track (our Peugeot 306 coped fine!) but that just adds to its appeal. Lots of pubs within walking distance that allow dogs and we were blessed with some fantastic weather. The owners are great and made sure we had what we needed. The only downside for us was that despite the cottage having wifi available we struggled to get any most of the time we were there, as this is one of our must haves it was annoying, this was not however the owners fault and I'm sure down to the location and area. Thank you for letting us stay!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your fantastic review, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay in our lovely cottage. It really is a stunning location and we feel very lucky to live in such a beautiful place. I'm so sorry to hear you had wifi problems and had I known I would have been more than happy to help. We have only experienced this once before and it turned out that the guest had typed a wrong character in the password so was unable to log on! We resolved the problem and it was fine after that. I can honestly say we have no problems whatsoever with our internet, in fact we couldn't cope without it ourselves and although super fast broadband is only just arriving in the Dales, ours is more than adequate. Thanks again for your great review. Jeannette
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Cosy little bolthole

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is in a great location, superb for a restful break and the owners have gone to great lengths to ensure everything is provided. We were made to feel very welcome and so was our dog. One slight irritation - entirely outside the control of the cottage's owners - the local pub in Thoralby was closed for meals during the duration of our stay. Having a nearby pub is one of my key criteria when choosing where to stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review, I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. How disappointing the pub was closed during your stay, i'm sorry to hear that and hope you found somewhere suitable. The landlord of The George has been unwell I know and recently had a pace maker fitted so it could be the reason why he was closed - i'm not sure. For future reference, there are many other lovely pubs and restaurants around the Dales that serve excellent food. The nearest to the cottage besides Thoralby are in Aysgarth, Bishopdale and West Burton Villages. Thanks again for your review and look forward to seeing you again. Jeannette.
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The Forbidden Corner
Saffron Indian Restaurant And Bar
Berrys Farm Shop & Cafe
The World Of James Herriot
Aysgarth Falls
Bolton Castle
Stage 1 Cycles
Aysgarth Falls Hotel
The Street Head Inn
The George Inn
The George & Dragon Inn
West Burton
Thorp Perrow Arboretum
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

The cottage affords fantastic walking directly from the doorstep with the magnificent triple flight Aysgarth Falls approximately one mile away. The cottage makes a perfect base for walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders with walks for any age or ability.


A car is preferred due to the location and care needs to be taken on the access track to the property (which is not owned by us). Please note: Horses and sheep sometimes graze on the track which is a public bridleway.


Thoralby is the nearest village approximately 1/8 mile down the track. The village has a good pub, The George Inn, which serves local ales and good food. The Street Head Inn,Bishopdale is approx 1 mile away as are The George and Dragon, and The Aysgarth Falls Hotel. There is a small post office/village store in Thoralby and nearby West Burton. Leyburn is approximately 8 miles away as is Hawes, where you will find supermarkets, banks, butchers and other local shops.

Further Details:

There are many wonderful places to visit nearby, the market towns of Leyburn and Hawes can easily be accessed by car with attractions such as the Wensleydale Creamery, Dales Museum and Wensleydale Railway to experience. Other local attractions include the Forbidden Corner, Bolton Castle, Middleham, Hardraw waterfalls to name a few.

The award winning fish restaurant, The Wensleydale Heifer is 15 mins drive and there are many other excellent restaurants in the area.


Rates & Availability

Hawes Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Christmas and New Year
Dec 24 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $64.99

Booking Notes:
The availability calender is always kept up to date and the prices are as stated on the website. We require a non refundable deposit of £100 at the time of booking, with the balance paid 45 days before the holiday start date. We also require a damage deposit of £50.00 for all bookings.

Pets are charged at £5.00 per night per dog (maximum 2 well behaved dogs allowed)

Bed linen and towels are included.

We recommend you take out holiday cancellation insurance.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is usually Saturday but we will try and fit in with you. The property will be available from 3pm on the day of arrival and must be vacated by 11.00am to allow for thorough cleaning and preparation for the next guests.

Notes on prices:
Short breaks are available minimum stay is 3 nights. Friday, Saturday, Sunday rate is £100 per night and Monday - Thursday rate is £75 per night.

Discounts available for repeat bookings. Special Offers will be displayed on website

Please read the holiday letting agreement and terms and conditions before booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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