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Gorgeous spacious cottage In Gunnerside, Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage in Gunnerside, Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire, England - Lovely Family Home With Lovely South-facing Private Garden In Tiny Village

Farmendon is a lovely home from home ideal for family holidays or romantic break. Guests love the views from the kitchen and dining room, overlooking the enclosed south-facing garden, towards the hills opposite and particularly enjoy watching the birds feeding on the patio (look out for the woodpecker). The living room is spacious and comfortable (enjoy a good book in the rocking chair) and the kitchen is very well-equipped, with all mod cons. Bedrooms are roomy, with antique furniture and lovely linen and the garden is perfect for children and dogs, with a sheltered patio where parents can sit in the sun with a glass of wine and keep an eye out!

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Parking for one car is to the side of the house (plenty of public parking nearby for more cars) and the tearoom/bistro and local pub are just yards away. There are many walks direct from the door. Dog-friendly, Farmendon is an ideal holiday cottage, with beautiful Swaledale scenery around in every direction - you'll return here again and again! Free wifi. Dogs welcomed! Sorry, no smoking. We welcome short breaks, including 2 nt breaks, which are £15 less than 3 nt price.

Note, the discounted price for June (only) is the one displayed, so the price you see (and the site quotes you) is the price you pay.

More Details

Judith Dower
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

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 2008

Why Judith Dower chose Melbecks

Swaledale is such a gorgeous place, there is nowhere else on earth like it. I love the landscape, the views and the timeless feel of the dale. Although becoming a little more popular these days, the area nevertheless feels totally remote from everyday cares, almost as though it's in a timewarp (although we do now have some mobile signal in the village!).

What makes this cottage unique

The garden at Farmendon is a great plus; you can sit on the private sheltered patio, looking at the hills opposite, or relax on the lawn. Or watch the many birds feeding outside the kitchen window - a woodpecker is a frequent visitor. On a tiny cul-de-sac in the village, the house is still only 30m from the village tearoom, so convenient if you don't want to cook! Many walks straight from the door, or you can take the bus up to Keld and walk back one of four different ways, all in the midst of stunning scenery.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We have had a wonderful Christmas holiday. The kids have had a fantastic time and found Farmendon a very exciting place to stay. Great walking and some awesome scenery for cycling and dogs happy! Lovely area and a lovely place to stay."

"Our 2nd time in Swaledale, first time in the village; we were cosy and comfortable at this time of year [Nov]. Loved the position, garden and views, including the birds, the character and contents of this charming house. We'll be passing on our good impressions to friends."

"Cottage - great, Village - great, Location - great, pub - great, walks - great, people - great, weather - great!! If only I could sum up our holiday in one word..."
Jan 2012
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Melbecks Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Toilet 1 - toilet
    Toilet 2 - toilet
  • Family bathroom upstairs with bath and separate electric shower and basin. Separate upstairs WC. Downstairs cloakroom with WC and basin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and south-facing views over the garden to the hills beyond. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. Bedroom 3 with single bed and large cupboard with books and games.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Notes on accommodation: Well-behaved dogs welcome at no extra charge, strictly not upstairs or on furniture, please. Sorry, no smokers. Travel cot and high chair available, cot linen is not provided. Outside: A small patio is directly outside the back door, with two sets of steps down to an enclosed, private lawned garden with borders. Garden chairs are provided, with two little tables stored in the outhouse, and a large parasol for sunny days. Beautiful views towards the hills. To the side of the house, parking for one car, parking for further cars in the main part of the village, 30m away. The garage to the side of the house belongs to the owner, but bikes and hiking equipment etc may be stored there if agreed on booking. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bedlinen and teatowels are included, sorry, personal towels are not included. Property is professionally cleaned before every booking. All electric and oil for heating is included.


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Gorgeous spacious cottage In Gunnerside, Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Great cottage in pretty Yorkshire Dales village

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is very spacious but still cosy, with everything you could need for a very comfortable stay. The furniture and fittings are in the more rustic 'cottagey' style, with some beautiful antique wood pieces, which we loved. The kitchen is very well equipped. It has the most delightful garden with beautiful views of the Dales, and it was a real pleasure to see so many birds at the bird feeder. Gunnerside is a pretty little village with a good pub, the King's Head, which has friendly staff and decent pub food, and an excellent tea room (Mary Shaw's Tea Room) just across the road from the cottage. There's a fascinating blacksmith museum too! There are plenty of beautiful walks in the surrounding area - it's a really charming spot, and we hope to be back again.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a good holiday and liked the cottage. We agree, views are absolutely lovely! As are the birds, although very hungry all the time, and expensive to feed!
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Peaceful homely cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week at Farmendon. Wonderful location for walking straight from the door. A very comfortable cottage, full of character, and cosy in wet weather. We enjoyed browsing the local history books and looking at the old photographs - helped to give us a better idea of Swaledale's history and unique character. Beautiful enclosed garden with lovely views looking across the churchyard and up the other side of the dale - still memorable, 12 months on. We have decided to return to Swaledale this summer with more members of the family, so Farmendon sadly isn't quite big enough this time, but would definitely consider returning on another trip.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous getaway fab location & cottage

  • 5 of 5

You can't help but relax in this property. A cottage that oozes traditional Yorkshire Dales & obvious lovely family memories. A little Dales tardus. Looks tiny from the outside but rooms are large welcoming and clean with views to die for. Loved being able to have a soak overlooking fab scenery and waking to be able to spot the post van winding through the dale. Total relaxation yet fully equipped. Lovely modern facilities combine with lovely traditional furniture & fittings. Perfect combo. Garden is lovely & you could spend a whole morning just watching all the wildlife! Had lovely walks up Gunnerside Gyll and Kisdon and over to the very friendly Punch Bowl at Low Row. Nice food here and also at the Kings Head in the village. A drive over the Buttertubs to Hawes recommended as well as over to Leyburn and over to Tanhill. Great for bikers cyclists walkers & cars. Something for everyone. Owners can't do enough for you. Defo went home fully relaxed and chilled. Will be coming back soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you had such a good time! Please come back! regards Judith
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Delightful cottage in perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the cottage for a 5 day break during Whit week with two of our children ages 13 and 11 and two collie dogs. We all fell in love with the cottage which is full of lovely antiques in keeping with it's age yet at the same time had a brand new bathroom, beautifully tiled and good hot shower. The bedrooms are all good size and beds were all really comfy with thick feather duvets. The cottage is in the heart of the village and parking was good, right next to cottage, it is slightly tucked away but still less than 2 min walk to village pub where food was of a high standard and reasonably priced. The cottage has lovely views to the front there is another row of cottages and to the rear there is the village church and then a backdrop of hills which greets you when you open the curtains and you can enjoy from bed and bath! The cottage garden was also a joy with a lawned area and established flowers and shrubs. It is enclosed by a drystone wall and trees so was perfect for dogs and children. The garden was a sun trap with a bench on the patio which kept the evening sun. The cottage was well equipped with plenty of crockery and pots and pans. There was also tea towels and basics like hand wash, washing up liquid etc Another lovely touch was the well stocked library of books about the local area which included much information on the history of Swaledale and where to walk. There was even a supply of up to date Countryfile magazines which was a nice touch. Gunnerside village has many lovely walks from the front door including the Gunnerside Gyhll , footpath opposite the pub and other walks through hay meadows and along the Swale. We also visited Muker and are at Farners arms good for dogs and we shopped at Co-op in Leyburn which had everything we needed, also small shop in Muker and Spa in Hawes. The service provided in booking and letting was great and really helpful and I would definitely recommend the cottage and hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Claire, thanks for your lovely review and I'm so glad you had a good time. Also glad you had enough sunny weather to be able to sit out and appreciate the garden and views! Hope you can return some time. Judith
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Views to die for

  • 5 of 5

A lovely traditional stone country cottage right in the heart of Gunnerside, with easy access to walks of all grades. Scenery is stunning, with a beck running through the village & the River Swale is just a short walk away. Ruins of lead mine workings are also within easy reach with a little more effort. The village pub is just across the road & serves good food with real ale. Loved the peaceful & secluded rear garden & can't wait to go back there again.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Good to hear you had a good holiday and liked the area and the cottage. Great! Judith
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Lovely comfortable cottage in Gunnerside.

  • 5 of 5

What a great location for a week in the Dales. The cottage was so characterful with lots of lovely touches- whilst being really comfy. We loved the fact we could take our dog and there are so many picturesque walks on the doorstep. The views are wonderful, the cottage was warm with very comfortable beds and a garden to sit in to relax and watch the birds. The village has a good pub which serves food and there are lots of places to visit. We liked our visit to Hawes with the Wensleydale creamery and fabulous antique shops as well as good shops for nice food. We would definitely recommend this cottage to others and look forward to coming back again.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you had a good time and enjoyed the cottage and its surroundings. I hope you can come again some time. Regards Judtih
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Special interest holidays:

Ideal for walking direct 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. Nearest train station is Darlington, 30 miles.


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 alternate 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 in Gunnerside is newly reopened, dogs welcome. Farmer's Arms pub in Muker, dogs welcome. Swaledale Woollens, Muker. Muker Village Shop and Tearoom, Muker. Hazel Brow Organic Farm, Low Row. Punch Bowl Inn, Low Row. Reeth, 8 miles, has 3 pubs, 3 tearooms, 2 local shops, post office, garage, petrol, gift shop, photograph gallery, craft-type shop, book shop, Friday market.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Contact Judith Dower to book. A 2 person 10% discount (one bedroom) is available during non-peak weeks. 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, full amount payable on booking. 3 nt short breaks are 70% of week price, 2 nts are £15 less than 3 nt price.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday, depart by 10am, arrive 3pm (4pm in peak weeks). Arrival dates may be flexible in non-peak times, contact Judith to ask.

Notes on prices:
3 night short breaks are 70% of the week price. Please contact Judith for prices of short breaks of different lengths (2nts breaks are accepted, at £15 less than 3 nts price).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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