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Cosy Cottage In Tranquil Upper Swaledale Village

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage in Gunnerside, Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales, England - Close To Coast To Coast, Pennine Way, Inn Way

Originally a stone-built stable, Bridge View Cottage is now a charming hideaway for couples. With its upside-down layout, the roomy living/dining room/kitchen upstairs has a window seat to make the most of the lovely views towards the beck and hills beyond. Tastefully decorated in reds and bronzes, the cottage has a luxurious feel, emphasised by the attractive woodburner and high quality kitchen. A roll-top bath, with shower over, provides a great place to relax after a day's strenuous hiking, with many walks straight from the door, in Swaledale, the most northerly of the Yorkshire Dales. A dale so lovely there is even a song about it, 'Beautiful Swaledale'! Sitting on a bench in the garden, you can watch the swallows wheeling above or snuggle up in front of the stove and relax with a glass of wine. Sorry, no pets. Short breaks are welcome at any time, including 2 nt breaks, which are £15 less than 3 nt price. NOTE, please send Enquiry, instead of Request to Book.

Judith Dower
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
August 6, 2017

About Judith Dower

I love to come to Swaledale whenever time permits. In a stressful job, I find a holiday cottage lets me unwind and get away from the everyday cares in the peace and tranquillity of Swaledale. I like to get out and walk when I'm in Gunnerside; even if the weather isn't too good, it blows the cobwebs away and the scenery is spectacular whatever time of year. I'm sure you will enjoy the cottage for a holiday as much as I do!

Judith Dower purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Judith Dower chose North Yorkshire

I owned another house in Gunnerside before buying Bridge View Cottage, but found it too big for just myself. Gunnerside is only about an hour and a half from my home, so is easy to reach if I want to pop up at the last minute, but I love the fact that although it's less than 20 miles from the A1, it feels like a world away from the worries of my working life.

The landscape is so spectacular in Swaledale, I never fail to be amazed by its beauty. The meadow flowers in May and June are so lovely and prized by photographers the world round. Swaledale's most original features, however, are the numerous stone barns and walls, the most prolific of all the Yorkshire Dales. I like to stand on a hill and look down on the patchwork of fields and pastures - in sun or snow alike!

What makes this cottage unique

Bridge View Cottage is situated in the middle of Gunnerside (which, to be fair, is not huge anyway!), so is only yards from Ghyllfoot Tearoom. The tearoom is also a bistro on Wednesday and Saturday evenings, so if I don't want to cook, I can just pop over there (Ghyllfoot does takeaway curry on Monday nights, too, and frozen bistro style meals to heat up in the comfort of your own cottage!). The King's Head pub has just reopened, and there's a really warm welcome there if you want a good local pint (and good food, too). There's also the mobile fish and chip van, which calls on Friday evenings at about 7pm - from my windowseat (my living room is upstairs) I can nip out just as the queue is running out, so I don't have to wait in the rain!


Melbecks Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Downstairs bathroom with roll-top bath, mixer shower over, WC and washbasin. Fan wall heater. Heated towel rail.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Downstairs bedroom with double bed. Pine fitted cupboard with shelves and hanging space (also contains hot water tank). Bookshelves and window seat. Storage heater (heats up overnight).
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
Notes on accommodation: Sorry, we do not accept pets. Outside: Small garden to the front with bench. Plenty of public parking directly opposite. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, bedlinen and tea-towels are included, property professionally cleaned before changeover. Electric heating costs included, also starter pack of logs, coal and sticks.


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Cosy Cottage In Tranquil Upper Swaledale Village
average rating of 4.5 based on 4 reviews

A lovely cottage in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Bridge View Cottage may not suit people who need plenty of room to 'spread' but if you like 'cosy', this place fits the bill. It's warm, welcoming and ideally placed for walkers like ourselves. There is the luxury of a large bath and also the log burning stove in the living room is an added bonus. Maybe one extra easy chair would be a useful addition as the tiny two seater sofa can be a bit of a squeeze if you want to stretch out but this is a minor quibble-and there's always the very comfortable bed in the ground floor bedroom. The owners have thoughtfully provided a number of plug-in heaters to supplement on chillier days and there's always the pub a few yards away if people fancy a change of scenery or a restaurant meal.

The cottage was spotless on our arrival with a plentiful supply of wood, coals, lighters, clean tea towels etc. And access to the property could not have been easier.

As is the case with so many of these small villages, the use of a car is essential-as are trips into Reeth for tea shops and groceries. Muker does have a general stores but it was closed on the one day that we happened to be there.

This is outdoors country and so the walking routes are superb.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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peace and tranquillity .

  • 4 of 5

The cottage looked very homely from the outside with a neat economical garden. The inside was charming with pitched pine beams and a multi fuel stove . The bathroom has been designed in a beautifully rustic way and we found the open plan kitchen to be well equipped.The Kings Head across the square was very handy and the walks are wonderful.The bus service isnt great but if you have a car at hand then most of the upper dales are within easy reach.While the cottage is a bit small we would highly recommend it to couples for holiday breaks and weekends away breaks too.

We had a great time and would certainly think about coming back. ( maybe in the winter when we can put the fire on ).

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Bridge View Cottage Gunnerside

  • 5 of 5

A delightful cosy cottage for 2 in the middle of Gunnerside. Everything you need. Living room/kitchen on upper floor with lovely window seat to sit and watch goings on in the village. Comfortable bedroom on ground floor with adjacent bathroom with shower and bath for much needed soak after walks around the village up Gunnerside Gill and onto the moors. Definitely recommend this property and we will be back I'm sure.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Bridge View Cottage and that you took the time to post a review. We do hope you can return some time in the future!
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Gezellige cottage

  • 4 of 5

De cottage is een gezellige huisje voor 2 personen. Vanuit Gunnerside kun verschillende richtingen op voor een wandeling in de omgeving, aanrader!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Durham Tees Valley
Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
King's Head
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
40 Metres
Ghyllfoot Tearoom and Bistro
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Ideal for walking holidays straight from the door.


Nearest airports Durham Teesside, 40 miles, Newcastle upon Tyne, 70 miles, Leeds Bradford, 70 miles. Use of car/car hire is essential.


Muker, crafts/gallery/pub, 3 miles. Thwaite, Kearton Country Hotel, 5 miles. Low Row, gastropub Punch Bowl Inn and Hazel Brow Organic Farm, 2 miles. Reeth, pubs/bistro/tearooms/shops (logs/sticks)/garage/post office, 6 miles. Richmond, larger town, 18 miles. Leyburn, smaller town, 15 miles. Hawes, smaller town, 11 miles. Barnard Castle, larger town (good antique shops), 16 miles. Catterick Garrison (large 24 hr Tesco's), 17 miles.

Further Details:

The Old Working Smith Museum, Gunnerside, open summer only. Ghyllfoot Tearoom, Gunnerside, is also a bistro Wed and Sat evenings (booking needed), and does takeaway curry Mon evenings. Mobile fish and chip van Friday evenings, 7pm - 7.30pm (sometimes later in summer when there are lots of visitors!). King's Head pub, Gunnerside, newly reopened, dogs welcome. Farmer's Arms pub in Muker, dogs welcome. Swaledale Woollens, Muker. Hazel Brow Organic Farm, Low Row.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Contact Judith Dower to book. Week bookings are Sat to Sat and short breaks are welcome all year round. If booking more than 8 weeks in advance, a non-refundable deposit of £90 is payable. If within 8 weeks, or for a short break, the full amount is payable on booking. Short breaks are available, please ring to book; 3 nt price is 70% of week price, 2 nts are £15 less than 3 nt price. Festive bookings are from Saturday to Saturday, ie 20- 27 Dec, 27 Dec 13 - 3 Jan, 15. Sorry, no pets.

Changeover Day:
Week bookings are Sat to Sat, but we try to be as flexible as possible, also with short breaks, so please contact Judith to discuss your special requirements.

Notes on prices:
3 night short breaks are 70% of the week price. Please contact Judith for prices of short breaks of different lengths. We accept 2 nt breaks, they are £15 less than the 3 night price.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund