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Riverside hamlet by meadows, pasture, moor and woods. Garden, parking, free WiFi

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Spacious, well-equipped house. 2 en-suite bedrooms with views over river, pasture and moor. Walk, bike or drive from the door. Come, breathe clean air; listen to the quiet.

Whaw is the northernmost hamlet in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Prettily set, by a river and SSI (Special Scientific Interest) meadows, below moor, pasture and woods. It is a haven from the hurley-burley of urban life. Guests love its peace and tranquility, away from noise and crowds. You can walk or bike from the door, leaving your cars secure in a gated yard. Or just sit in the garden and enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of nature - and, perhaps visits from a hedgehog or, occasionally, a red squirrel or roe deer. Walkers, birdwatchers, botanists and photographers love it here and with no light pollution, the night sky can be stunning. When is best to come? Winter is magical, walking through fresh snow on a clear, full moon-lit night. Spring echoes to the haunting call of curlew, lapwing and black grouse, heralding the lambing season. In May and June meadows are a blaze of golden yellow and buzzing bees. Summer brings the country fairs of old England. Experience autumnal light and colour and appreciate JMW Turner's artistic inspiration. Come - rest, recharge, recover.

We very much regret that we don't accept dogs - our own is perfectly friendly with people but he's not sociable with other dogs. Sorry.

Those wanting to bring young children - we suggest neither house nor furnishings are suited to very young children; please contact us for further detail.

Finally, we are comparatively remote. Your mobile 'phone may not work and, although complementary Wi-Fi is provided, internet connection its speed and bandwidth isn't suitable for gaming or streaming movies.

More Details

Property Manager
Joyce Best
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 25, 2017

About Joyce Best

Joyce and Chris are both Yorkshire born and bred. Joyce was born and spent her childhood on a remote, moor top farm, above Little Beck near Whitby. Chris spent his childhood around Wakefield. They lived most of their working lives in the south of England or abroad - in Germany, the far east and in Canada. After 4 years in London, they both welcomed a job move to Preston in Lancashire which, they felt, gave them good access to the great National Parks. But they found the Peak and the Lake District frustratingly busy and outrageously expensive. Cue a day walk to Arkengarthdale and they were hooked. Three months later they spent 3 weeks camping and walking the Dales; they knew, then, that this was where they wanted to settle in. Regrets? None.

Joyce Best purchased this cottage in 1996

Why Joyce Best chose North Yorkshire

Joyce and Chris 'discovered' the Yorkshire Dales National Park in June 1995; 15 months later they moved into their own Nirvana at Chapel Farm establishing a tea room and B&B which proved popular and enduring. However, they found themselves increasingly tied to the comfort and enjoyment of their guests and they had less and less time of their own to enjoy this stunning region. After much consideration, and a reluctance to live anywhere else, they decided to convert the B&B into self-catering accommodation. They continue living in the adjacent annex. They're close enough to help if necessary but will not intrude on your privacy.

This is a place for all seasons - somewhere you really can rest, recover and recharge body and soul in true peace and harmony. Listen to the quiet.

What makes this cottage unique

Chapel Farm is, by self-catering standards, a substantial cottage for 4. The cottage is thought to be more than 200 years old and was, in the late 19th Century, 2 discrete cottages accommodating lead miners and their families.

Whaw is a quiet hamlet of 10 dwellings, sitting astride a small river, the Arkle Beck. It is very quiet, save for the sounds of nature and during lambing and haytime.

It really is a wonderful spot for those with an interest in birds, wild plants, photography and the lead mining industry. It is well-situated as a base from which to explore other Dales within the National Park or for day visits further afield. It's somewhere to enjoy your own company.

There are excellent hostelries, some enjoying national renown, within 5 miles - the nearest is the CB Inn, 1.5 miles away, an acclaimed gastro pub. A short walk down the road takes you to The Red Lion Inn - a proper pub, run by the same family for more than 40 years. The Red Lion is rumoured to be amongst the most filmed hostelries of Yorkshire. A few miles t'other way is the famous Tan Hill Inn, set at 1,732 feet above sea level - making it the highest pub in the UK.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We have had a lovely, relaxing holiday and have appreciated the peace, quiet and great beauty of this place. The cottage has been very cosy and we have appreciated, too, all the equipment installed here (instruction booklets very useful!). Thank you, too, to Chris and Joyce for their helpfulness and friendliness. Wonderful walking country.
Apr 2016
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Amenities

Arkengarthdale Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • River
  • Rural
General:
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - Double - 4' 6" (1.4 metre) double bed, firm base, kicking board. Touch bedside lamps. Window seat. Bedroom 2 - Twin - two x 30" (0.75 metre) antique beds on springs. Both bedrooms overlook garden, river and up toward the high moor.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • spelunking
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Lights in kitchen and corridors are operated by sensor. Fires will be laid and, in winter, usually lit before guests arrive. Pillows and duvets are goose down; Non-allogenic bedding can be provided on request. Wi-Fi is delivered via satellite which is usually fast enough to browse, deal with email and short video clips. If usage gets close to our monthly allowance, the company throttles back our speed. It is not suitable for gaming or downloading movies. Except for the space 150 yards away, on the other side of the river and between our neighbours' houses, or for a few hundred yards on the top of the moor, there is no mobile 'phone coverage in Whaw but a signal can be picked up on the road about 3 miles away from Whaw. Outside: The south-facing garden, high-walled garden is a real sun-trap. It is laid to lawn with flower-bed borders. A bird cherry dominates the garden and provides a refuge for the many visiting birds. There are stone tables and old pews. A bunker houses fuel the cottage's solid fuel supply. An area sufficient for 2 cars to park is allocated in the yard. Guests are asked to close drive and garden gates as soon as they finish using them (keeps sheep and cattle out). Utility Room: At the foot of the stairs, in the old dairy (ideal for storing beer and wine!), is the utility room with washer-drier, chest freezer, iron and board, washing basket, Dyson cleaner, cleaning materials and utensils and plenty of open shelf storage. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen is provided and beds made up prior to guests' arrival. Each guest is provided with bath and hand towels. Tea towels and cleaning cloths and materials are provided. Fresh linen and towels are left for guests staying longer than a week. Other: The spacious Dining Room, with its beamed ceiling, wooden floor, 'clippie' rugs, and beautiful fireplace is a refuge in which to pore over maps, books or to watch birds on the feeders. Six can sit in comfort at the table. CD player/iPod/iPhone Dock.

Reviews

4.5/5 -
(2 traveler reviews)

Riverside hamlet by meadows, pasture, moor and woods. Garden, parking, free WiFi
average rating of 4.5 based on 7 reviews
5

As good as it gets!

  • 5 of 5

A few miles outside the village of Reeth ; remote but not too remote. All the comforts of home and the perfect hosts, Chris and Joyce.

A great opportunity to get away from it all.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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4

Why haven't we been here before?

  • 4 of 5

Our first visit to the Yorkshire dales was spent at Chapel Farm Cottage in Whaw. No, we hadn't heard of it either! But what a place to recharge your batteries, to enjoy amazing scenery, to discover timeless villages, to walk the hills and dales, to enjoy good food and drink and, above all, to enjoy peace and quiet!

The two bedroomed cottage was all we'd hoped for - comfortable and well-equipped. A downstairs toilet would have been welcomed but the exercise did us good! A car is essential if you want to explore the area - but we'd do it again!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
99 Kilometres
Newcastle
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
93 Kilometres
DFDS North Shields
Nearest Golf
22 Kilometres
Barnard Castle
Nearest Train
49 Kilometres
Darlington
Nearest Motorway
33 Kilometres
A1(M)
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Travel:

Airports:

Durham Tees Valley - 35½m/57km

Newcastle - 62m/99km

Leeds-Bradford - 72m/115km

Robin Hood Airport, Doncaster - 103m/165km

Manchester International - 106m/170km

Birmingham International Airport - 184m/295km

Luton International Airport - 235m/375km

Stansted Airport - 236m/377km

Heathrow Airport - 265m/424km

Gatwick Airport - 304m/486km

Ferry Ports:

DFDS North Shields - 58m/93km

P&O Kingston upon Hull - 125/200km

Portsmouth - 315m/504km

Dover - 327m/523km

Distances:

Reeth - 5m/8km

Barnard Castle - 11m/18km

Leyburn - 13m/21km

Bainbridge - 15m/24lm

Richmond - 16m/26km

Hawes - 18m/29km

Darlington - 30½m/49km

Sedbergh - 32½/52km

Kettlewell - 33m/53km

Ripon - 33m/53km

Durham - 37½/60km

Penrith - 39m/62km

Grassington - 40m/64km

Settle - 41m/66km

Kendal - 42½m/68km

Harrogate - 46m/74km

Skipton - 48m/77km

Newcastle - 56m/90km

Carlisle - 57½/92km

York - 67½/108km

Leeds - 82½/132km

Glasgow - 155m/248km

Edinburgh -156m/250km

London - 257m/411km

Further Details:

Banks - Barnard Castle, Leyburn, Richmond and Northallerton

Restaurants/Gastro Pubs:

CB Inn, Arkengarthdale

Punch Bowl, Low Row

Blagraves, Barnard Castle

The Sandpiper, Leyburn

Blue Lion, East Witton

Spice Island, Barnard Castle

Betty's Tea Rooms, Northallerton

Pubs With Good Grub:

Tan Hill Inn, Arkengarthdale

The Buck Inn, Reeth

The King's Head, Reeth

The Bridge, Grinton

The Farmer's Arms, Muker

The Cover Bridge Inn, near Middleham

The Richard III, Middleham

The Foresters, Carlton-in-Coverdale

Supermarkets and Stores:

Morrisons and Co-Op, Barnard Castle

Campbells and Co-Op, Leyburn

Warnes and Co-Op, Richmond

Tesco - Catterick

Co-Op, Morrisons and Tesco, Northallerton

Markets:

Sunday - Catterick Race Course

Wednesday - Barnard Castle

Friday - Reeth and Leyburn

Saturday - Richmond

Farmers' Markets:

Barnard Castle - first Saturday of the month

Richmond - third Saturday of the month

Leyburn - fourth Saturday of the month

Northallerton - fourth Wednesday of the month

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Rates & Availability

Arkengarthdale Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Late Winter 2017
Feb 24 2017 - Apr 6 2017
2 night minimum stay
$88
From
$94
Fri,Sat
$351
$1,002
 
 
Early Spring 2017
Apr 7 2017 - Apr 13 2017
2 night minimum stay
$94
From
$100
Fri,Sat
$369
 
 
Easter 2017
Apr 14 2017 - Apr 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
$94
From
$106
Fri,Sat,Sun
$438
 
 
Late Spring 2017
Apr 21 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
$100
From
$113
Fri,Sat
$382
$1,315
 
 
Late Spring BH 2017
May 26 2017 - Jun 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
$119
From
$125
Thu,Fri,Sat
$526
 
 
Early Summer 2017
Jun 2 2017 - Jul 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
$113
From
$119
Fri,Sat
$482
$1,503
 
 
Summer 2017
Jul 21 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$119
From
$125
Fri,Sat
$532
$1,691
 
 
Late Summer 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
$113
From
$119
Fri,Sat
$482
 
 
Early Autumn 2017
Sep 15 2017 - Oct 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
$94
From
$100
Fri,Sat
$413
 
 
Autumn Half Term 2017
Oct 20 2017 - Oct 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
$119
From
$125
Fri,Sat
$526
 
 
Winter 2017
Oct 27 2017 - Dec 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
$88
From
$94
Fri,Sat
$357
$814
 
 
Christmas/New Year 2017
Dec 21 2017 - Jan 4 2018
3 night minimum stay
$119
From
$125
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$532
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$88
From
$94
Fri,Sat
$357
$814
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:


Letter detailing access and administrative matters will be posted or emailed to you about a week before occupancy.

Changeover Day:
Friday is our preferred day, but we can usually be flexible.

Notes on prices:
DISCOUNTS FOR WEEKLY BOOKINGS

5% if booking for 2 or more consecutive weeks or if booking more than 4 months in advance


15% last-minute - if booked within 3 weeks of occupancy May to September inclusive.

DISCOUNTS FOR SHORT BREAKS

(No Other Discounts for Short Breaks)


2 Days - 35% off full price
3 Days - 25%off full price
4 Days - 20% off full price
5 Days - 15% off full price
6 Days - 5% off full price

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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