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Delightful 18th Century Cottage With Stunning Views

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage above Low Row, Swaledale, Yorkshire, England - Peaceful Hillside Location, Easy Access to Fantastic Moorland Walks

A Grade II listed, two bedroom, converted lead miner's cottage in the heart of Swaledale, Sandpiper is full of character. It is welcoming, cosy and has been recently upgraded and substantially refurbished. It is ideally located for walking, opening directly on to moorland with the Coast to Coast Path nearby and is perfect for exploring the Dales or just relaxing and admiring the stunning views up and down the dale from the terrace. It sits above the village of Low Row and its Punch Bowl Inn, an excellent pub and restaurant, just half a mile away. It is 4 miles from Reeth, which has a local museum, pottery, tea rooms and gift shops. Sandpiper is tastefully furnished and decorated to a very high standard with original works of art. TV/DVD, phone and broadband are provided and there is a Bose music player. There is a comfortable living room with a brand new, very comfy, sofa and wood burning stove, all new bedroom furniture including a luxury king-size bed and a well equipped kitchen with microwave, food processor and bread-maker. The main bedroom has a luxury king sized bed and is newly carpeted.

Swaledale is the most enchanting of all the dales, with lush wild flower meadows and heather topped moors. It has a fascinating industrial heritage; Sandpiper is situated a short walk from a preserved 19th century smelting mill.

One well behaved dog welcome.

Please note: in low season we normally take bookings for a minimum of three nights at weekends, from Friday to Monday morning. In high season minimum stay is one week.

No smoking.

More Details

Judith Bell
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, italian
Calendar last updated:
April 7, 2017

About Judith Bell

Although our professional lives keep us in London for the time being we are both from the North East and have been coming to Swaledale all our lives. There is nowhere in the world more tranquil, a perfect retreat from urban life. We are passionate about walking and cycling, though the hill up from the village presents a bit of a challenge on a bike. We bought Sandpiper to have a base in Swaledale from which we can enjoy all that the locality offers and to keep ourselves rooted in the north! We visit as often as can and have added many personal touches. We love the fact that others can also enjoy Sandpiper and take great pleasure in offering a cottage that our guests want to return to.

Judith Bell purchased this cottage in 2012

Guestbook comments from the owner

Recent comments from out Visitor Book.

We have very much enjoyed our stay at Sandpiper, a beautiful peaceful spot. The cottage itself is very comfortable and well equipped and everything is of good quality. J, M & H, Oct 14.

Beautifully appointed and in an idyllic setting with stupendous views, looking forward to staying at Sandpiper again. A & P Devon, Sept 14.

Everything we needed in cottage, laminated maps brilliant. M & J Wilts. Aug 14.

Thank you for this beautiful cottage, lovingly equipped. K & P Dorset Sept 14.

Wonderful cottage, cosy and warm inside with the glorious dale outside. Probably the best equipped we've ever stayed in, great to be able to walk from the front door. M & K Essex May 14

We've been visiting the Dales for 27 years, this is by far the best cottage, beautifully designed, every need provided for. G & K Devon, Nov 13

A great week, lovely cottage, a fantastic place to recover from the world. Thank you for the warm hospitality and friendly welcome. S & R Aug 13

Spent Christmas here, perfect place for a quiet escape. Fabulous cottage. H & S, Cambridge. Dec 12

Absolutely beautiful cottage in a gorgeous location. Loved the artworks and the photos on the walls and appreciated the welcome pack and flowers. Mr & Mrs M, Surrey. Sept 12

Thank you for a wonderful week in Sandpiper Cottage. We have never rented a cottage that has been so beautifully maintained and clean and made to feel so welcome with all the little touches of hospitality and friendliness. H & D Aug 12
Jun 2012
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Melbecks Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Modern bathroom; bath with shower over, wc, heated towel rail.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 3 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The main bedroom is on a mezzanine floor with wonderful views down the dale. There is a brand new king size bed with luxury mattress and matching oak bedroom furniture. Bedroom 2 is a small single with a full size single bed and fitted wardrobe.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • spelunking
Notes on accommodation: Sandpiper is spacious yet cosy. It has been converted to maximise the space and light and has a welcoming, relaxed feel. Purchased by the current owners in April 2012 Sandpiper has recently been substantially refurbished and is gradually being refurnished with a view to enhancing the overall quality and ambience of the cottage. There is a new comfy sofa, new bedroom furniture and new super warm ceramic core radiators. The kitchen has everything you could need, including a food processor and a bread maker (set it to bake overnight and wake up to freshly bread for breakfast!). Wooden floors and staircase lead to a mezzanine bedroom which has a glass balustrade allowing uninterrupted views down the dale from the luxury king size bed. The owners have added artwork (mostly by artists with a feel for the locality) and personal touches and visit frequently, ensuring that high standards are maintained. Children very welcome, a travel cot is available. Feedback from guests is appreciated. Outside: South facing terrace with stunning views up and down the dale. There is outdoor furniture and barbecue. Parking behind the cottage. Sheep graze outside the kitchen window. From the cottage there are wonderful walks in all directions. The moorland situation is perfect for walkers who want to get straight out onto the hills. Two sledges are provided for when it snows. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen and towels are included and changed weekly. Other: The light and airy dining room, adjacent to the kitchen has stunning views down the dale.


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Delightful 18th Century Cottage With Stunning Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Absolute PERFECTION!!!

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For several years prior to 2015, we had stayed at the nearby "Gastro-Pub", as we knew we loved the peace,tranquility and genuine awe-inspiring beauty of Swaledale. Discovering the delights of self-catering for the first time, and by sheer good fortune choosing Sandpiper, the whole experience was a revelation! Compared to the a room in the pub, at Sandpiper we had a great deal more space and infinitely better facilities and all for approx. half the price!!!. This cosy little cottage was our idea of perfection.The high standard of everything in it,from the fully fitted kitchen to the immaculately clean bed and bathroom linen made it feel,genuinely like it was a "Home from Home".To go off to sleep with just the sound of sheep and curlews for "company" was bliss. Having one's own small patio area (and accompanying furniture) made it better than anywhere else we had ever found in 5 or 6 previous visits to Swaledale, and so with just a minimum of planning (and effort) we were able to enjoy cream teas, a quiet drink and an evening meal, quite literally outside our own front door and to enjoy the most perfect of views, in what felt almost "selfish" isloation. Furthermore ,whilst being of an age(57) and therefore able to exist for more than 5 seconds without checking Facebook/Twitter etc etc (but also knowing that mobile phone reception is,in effect, non-existant in Swaledale) it was a real "plus" to have access to free and very efficient Wi-Fi, as well as free use (to UK landline numbers) of a good old BT phone (brilliant for the peace of mind that comes with being able to give that number to neighbours looking after our actual home, back in so called civilisation !)

Also, whilst Sandpiper welcomes dogs, we do not currently have one, but I can vouch for the fact that there was no residual "doggy" -type smell whatsoever.

In summary, after holidaying together for well over 20 years, in this country and abroad,Diane and I agreed this was THE best holiday we have ever had.

So much so, and because Sandpiper was just so cosy, (and because we cannot contemplate leaving it another year before returning) we will not,as we have in recent years "hibernated" from November to March,but will instead be booking a week within that timeframe, to savour a doubtless different looking and feeling, but still "jaw=droppingly" gorgeous Swaledale!

I am not a big one for completing Internet Reviews, & quite honestly this has taken me ages to type, but Sandpiper is Perfection !

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Sandpiper and it won't be our last. We are attracted by the fantastic location and being able to start many walks literally from the doorstep. Our black Lab Monty is in doggy heaven chasing the rabbits. The cottage is so warm and cosy especially when the fire is roaring and it does not matter what the weather is doing outside. The cottage is very well equipped and is very tastefully decorated with many works of local art on display. If you don't fancy cooking there are a number of Gastropubs within a short drive and the local one in in Low Row is only a 10 minute walk (although it does take a bit longer getting back up hill after a pint or two!) we love Swaledale and Sandpiper is the perfect spot to explore this beautiful valley.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect Yorkshire Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Sandpiper Cottage is the perfect cosy retreat in which to rest, relax and unwind. We have just enjoyed our third stay and enjoy it more each time that we return. The location is absolutely wonderful - on the hillside, surrounded by beautiful countryside and yet close to a small village and within easy reach of well-stocked local shops run by friendly people. The photographs and description of the cottage do not quite do it justice and the owners are continually adding little extra home comforts. The bed is the most comfortable one we have ever slept in and we love to wake up in the morning and look out over the hills at the rising sun. In the evening we enjoy snuggling in front of the cosy fuel burning stove. The cottage is always warm even in the middle of winter - a lovely place to return to after a day of walking on the hills.

The owners and caretaker are always available if needed and the cottage has always been spotlessly clean on arrival, with the stove made up ready to light and milk, tea and biscuits thoughtfully provided.

If you can manage to drag yourself away from the cosy stove and wonderful views from the windows there are many beautiful local walks starting from the cottage door. The owners provide laminated local walks of varying lengths and a whole folder of guide books and leaflets. There are many interesting local towns and villages to visit and the farmer's markets with their delicious local produce are an absolute must!

We cannot recommend Sandpiper too highly and are looking forward to returning for our fourth stay in October!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Special interest holidays:

Besides wonderful walks, mountain biking and horse riding are available locally. In Reeth you can participate in photography and rug making courses and the cultural highlight of the year, the Swaledale festival, takes place for two weeks in May, when international, national and local artists fill the dale with music and song. Reeth and Muker agricultural shows in the first and second weeks in September are great days out, full of local colour and interest with brass band accompaniment. The area has much to offer if you have an interest in local history and industrial archaeology as well as those who like exploring caves and potholes. We provide details (maps and itineraries) of several fabulous walks straight from the door.


Swaledale is easily accessible from the A1 and M6. Nearest airports are Leeds/Bradford and Newcastle, both an hour and a half away. Nearest main line station is Darlington (27 miles). Garsdale station on the spectacular Carlisle to Settle line is 18 miles away. This offers a direct service to Leeds in 1.5 hrs. Sandpiper is approached via a farm track off a quiet moorland road, up a steep hill from Low Row.


Low Row is a 10 minute walk away from the cottage, the uphill return slightly longer. Sandpiper is 4 miles from Reeth which has local shops and a weekly market and 16 miles from Richmond, for shops, supermarkets and the beautiful Georgian Theatre. Wensleydale is 10 miles away; you can visit the famous creamery at Hawes (15 miles) or Leyburn (12 miles) for shopping and Friday market. Although there are local buses into Reeth and Richmond they are not frequent and use of a car is recommended.

Further Details:

Swaledale is full of natural beauty, in May and June the wildflower meadows are at their most spectacular and in August the moors are bright with purple heather. There are several impressive waterfalls on the Swale and its tributaries. Nearby Arkengarthdale has stunning views and the dramatic route over the Buttertubs pass takes you into Wensleydale. To the north along the spectacular road through Stang forest you will reach Teesdale. High Force (England's highest waterfall) and the lovely market town of Barnard Castle, home of the Bowes museum, are definitely worth visiting. Each dale has its own character, we may be biased but we think Swaledale is the most beautiful of them all.


Rates & Availability

Melbecks Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
April- May 2017
Apr 21 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
May Half Term 2017
May 26 2017 - Jun 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
June 2017
Jun 2 2017 - Jun 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
July-August 2017
Jun 30 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
September 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
October 2017
Sep 29 2017 - Oct 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
October Half term 2017
Oct 20 2017 - Nov 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
November-December 2017
Nov 3 2017 - Dec 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas- New Year 2017
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 4 2018
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please enquire about last minute deals, we do offer discounts.
To book please contact the owner by email or phone.
A deposit of £100 is required to secure the booking. The balance is due 6 weeks before arrival.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is usually Friday, other days may be accommodated and short breaks can be arranged.

Sandpiper is available from 4.00pm on the day of arrival and we ask guests to depart by 10.00am.

Notes on prices:
Please enquire about last minute reductions.
Outside of peak season short breaks are available for 3 days (Friday to Monday) or 4 days (Monday to Friday) at 75% of the weekly rate.
Please enquire about other flexible start dates.

For Christmas 2015 lettings can begin between Friday 18th and Monday 21st December, the New Year booking period will run from Monday 21st December to Monday 4th January.

£100 deposit at time of booking
Full balance 6 weeks in advance of stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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