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Keld Manse; Cosy 'Get Away From It All' Cottage in the Yorkshire Dales Nat Park

Muker, North Yorkshire, UK
  • Cottage
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms0
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

Cottage in Keld, Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, England - Surrounded By Stunning Scenery, A Perfect Base For Walking, Cycling And Touring The Dales


The Manse is a spacious 2 storey house with a small front garden and rear paved patio which enjoys glorious views of Upper Swaledale. It is decorated and equipped to a high standard with central heating and open fires. Comprising of a lounge, dining room, 3 bedrooms, a kitchen / breakfast room, bathroom, downstairs WC. Guest comfort is a priority at Manse and we are constantly looking at ways to improve and enhance our guest experience.

Built as a minister's residence, the Manse has generously proportioned reception rooms providing spacious living accommodation. The sitting room, with open fire and original Victorian fire surround, is the perfect place to relax after a day outdoors exploring the dales. The windows in both the dining room and sitting room are south facing, looking up the village and are the perfect vantage point from which to observe the comings and goings of daily rural life. Watch lambs gambol & play during lambing time in late spring or see hay being made in the summer. Be amazed at the skills of the sheepdogs as they drive a heft of sheep through the village - for such a small place there's always something interesting to observe in Keld.

At the rear of the Manse is the working kitchen and well equipped prep kitchen / breakfast room with windows overlooking the bottom of the village and Keld woods. With its flagged floor and traditional range the breakfast room is a lovely place to start the day and mull over what might be in store as the day unfolds.

Upstairs the Manse has three good sized bedrooms; one king-size, one double and one twin bedded room and a large shower room. There is a further toilet & hand basin downstairs where you will also find a large walk-in cupboard that houses the central heating boiler which acts as a very effective drying room for those days when the weather catches you out.

The Manse was fully restored in 2009 and has the benefit of full central heating both under-floor and radiators, and open coal fires making it a warm, cosy and comfortable home. A Grade II listed property, many original features including beamed ceilings, stone flagged floors, window seats and fireplaces have been retained making the Manse an idyllic dales retreat but with all modern conveniences for a perfect cottage holiday including WiFi internet coverage and Freeview Television and DVD.

Outside the Manse has gardens at the front and the rear with flower borders, patio areas and outdoor furniture. There is parking for two cars and secure cycle storage adjacent to the cottage.

Keld is a tiny hamlet nestled at the very top of Swaledale. The surrounding scenery is simply stunning with many walks straight from the cottage door. Keld lies on the crossroad of two very popular long distance walks; the Coast to Coast and Pennine Way. The area is a walker's paradise; popular walks including the scenic Keld to Muker route. Local walks take in farmland, limestone crags, woodland, beautiful old dales farm walls and buildings, and the landscape and sites of the once-thriving lead mining industry. Keld is a quiet, peaceful village but boasts a tearoom, a small hotel (Keld Lodge) with excellent restaurant and The Keld Resource Centre where you can pick up leaflets, listen to audio recordings and find out more about the village and surrounding area both past and present.


Helen Guy

Member Since 2014
Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Mar 29, 2018
About Helen Guy

The Keld Manse is owned by the United Reformed Church, when it was no longer required as a place of residence by the Church it was taken over by the Keld Resource Centre and refurbished to provide holiday accommodation. The Manse is managed and maintained by a dedicated team of local people within the village. We have been delighted by how well received the Manse has been during its six years of operation and are pleased to be able to offer it as accommodation in this particularly beautiful part of the United Kingdom.

Helen Guy purchased this Cottage in 1949

Why Helen Guy chose Richmondshire District

As a location to visit either on holiday or for work, visitors relish Keld for its peace, tranquillity and with no mobile phone coverage Keld provides a chance to completely relax and escape from the “hectic bustle” of town and modern life. Others value it for the opportunity to cycle and walk. Yet others just enjoy the scenery and the remoteness from their normal lives. Come try it for yourself; you'll see what we mean!

What makes this Cottage unique

Stunning scenery Remote and quiet location


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 baby crib
      • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1. The master bedroom has a king-size bed with pocket sprung mattress. Bedroom 2. The twin room is particularly spacious. Bedroom 3. Double bed at the rear of the cottage. All rooms have comfortable beds with duvets and quality linen.


      • 0 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Shower room 1
      • Toilet 1
      • A large upstairs shower room features a spacious shower cubicle, toilet, hand basin, and heated towel rail. This room has a beautiful view of the Dale! The property also has a toilet and washbasin downstairs.

      Location Type

        • Rural
        • Village


            • Away From It All


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                    • Fireplace
                    • Heating
                      Full central heating throughout. The property has the benefit of underfloor heating on the ground floor and radiators on the first floor.
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Living Room
                      Lounge has 2 matching sofas renewed in 2015, chair and window seat, 32" flat screen television, WiFi internet connection, DVD player, open fire (fuel included in rental) and underfloor heating. Ample supply of games and books. Fitted carpet.
                    • Parking
                    • Telephone
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Kitchen
                          The working kitchen has an electric hob, grill, oven, microwave oven, dishwasher, fridge, separate freezer, kettle, cafetiere, and toaster.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining Area


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Television


                                    • Bicycles
                                      Secure bicycle storage
                                    • Golf
                                      Nearest golf courses at Ravenstonedale (13 miles), Barnard Castle (23 miles), Richmond (23 miles), and Catterick (27 miles)
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      There are gardens to the front and rear of the property. Garden furniture is provided. Please note that a local resident has pedestrian access along the side of the rear garden to his allotment.
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      There are no specific winter sports' facilities in Swaledale, but skiing and sledging are popular on the local hills when snow has fallen.


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • churches
                                            • waterfalls

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • bird watching
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • walking

                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                    • cycling


                                                        • Notes on accommodation: Changeover day is preferably Saturday although this can be flexible during low seasons. One well behaved pet welcome. Please contact the owner for clarity. Outside: Garden seat in front garden. Rear paved area with table and chairs to sit / dine outside overlooking a maintained vegetable garden and with beautiful views down the dale. Outside store containing firewood and coal. Rear access gate to village. The Manse is attached to the village church which holds fortnightly services in the afternoon. Utility Room: Combines as useful drying room with drying rack. Contains ironing board, iron, vacuum cleaner and washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included in the price. The property is cleaned at every changeover. Other: Dining room has a large refectory table to seat up to eight, feature dressed-stone open fireplace. Hard wood flooring and beamed ceiling. Breakfast room has a table to seat four, a decorative kitchen range, a pine dresser and heated stone floor.

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          1 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Beautiful, Quirky and Historic

                                                          Jonathan M.Oxfordshire

                                                          We are a family with 2 small children, and had a fantastic week in The Manse. The house is quirky, but beautiful and very comfortably furnished. We loved the sense of it being part of the history of the village.

                                                          The village is stunningly located, and very peaceful (don't go for the nightlife...)

                                                          The walking straight from the front door of the house is unbeatable - whether you are experienced hikers, or have a 3 year old in tow as we did. The kids loved exploring all the waterfalls around the village.

                                                          We had very mixed weather when we stayed, but found plenty to occupy us in the area on the wetter days. Would recommend Gayle Mill, Castle Bolton, Settle/Carlisle railway etc.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Hi Muddy family. So glad that you enjoyed your stay at the Manse and that you found the area so enchanting. It sounds as if your children had a great time too with a great deal of freedom and boundless quantities of fresh air. I hope you have all gone home relaxed and refreshed. You will be warmly welcomed if you choose to holiday at the Manse in Keld-in-Swaledale again.


                                                          Muker, North Yorkshire, UK

                                                          Keld in Upper Swaledale is well known to many as the most attractive and unspoilt of all the dales in North Yorkshire. Keld is the ideal location for exploring the dales with Arkengarthdale and Wensleydale an approximate 20 minute drive away. Cumbria to the west is a mere 30 minute drive with the Lake District easily accessible for a day out. Travel: Nearest airports are Durham Tees Valley (48 miles), Leeds (84 miles), Newcastle (84 miles), Manchester (110 miles), London Heathrow (260 miles). Nearest railway stations are at Kirkby Stephen (10 miles) and Darlington (40 miles). Use of a car is highly recommended if you want to travel in the area. A local voluntary Dales bus service visits Keld twice daily. Cycling is also viable for the fit and healthy! Distances: Richmond (23 miles), Kirkby Stephen (10 miles), Reeth (13 miles), Barnard Castle (23 miles), Darlington (40 miles), Lake District - Keswick (54 miles). Further Details: Keld has a local tea room & camping shop (Rukin's Farm - Easter until end September) and a bar and excellent restaurant at Keld Lodge. Guided walks & events are organised by The Keld Countryside & Heritage Centre from April - September visit keld.org.uk. The UK's highest pub at Tan Hill lies 4 miles away. Eating and drinking nearby (Kearton Country Hotel, Thwaite, Farmer's Arms and the Tea Shop, Muker, the Punch Bowl, Low Row, and a range of others in the villages further down Swaledale and at Hawes, Wensleydale. Nearest main shops are at Hawes (7 miles) and Kirby Stephen (12 miles). Both towns feature post office, banks, butcher's, baker's, supermarket etc. There is a camping shop in Keld village (Rukins farm) and a small village store in Muker. Good walking is a particular attraction of the area - Keld lies at the crossroads of the Pennine Way and Coast-Coast Walk with these and other walks such as the Corpse Way to explore. Outdoors equipment can be purchased in Hawes, Richmond, Barnard Castle and throughout the Lake District. Excellent cycling routes both on- and off-road are available directly from Keld; recently highlighted by the visit of the 2014 Tour de France to the vicinity. Keld Countryside and Heritage Centre tells the story of the village history and culture including hill farming, local people, vernacular architecture, wildlife conservation and the history of the chapel buildings. For information about a programme of events run by the Centre throughout the summer please visit keld.org.uk For the experienced, a number of disused lead mines lie along the length of Swaledale with associated industrial archaeology. A range of Arts and Crafts shops can be found in Muker, Reeth, Richmond and Hawes. The annual Swaledale Festival is held during end May / beginning June. Regular musical events are held throughout the year at Tan Hill Inn. A wide range of musical, arts and other cultural events are held throughout Swaledale during the year.

                                                          Rates & Availability

                                                          Additional information about rental rates

                                                          Booking Notes: For booking, please contact Helen Guy - telephone on +44-(0)7790-401476 or by Email "helen.guy@keld.org.uk". We request a deposit of 25% of the total booking fee to secure the booking and require full payment 4 weeks prior to your arrival at the Manse. You may visit our website www.keld.org.uk for further information. Changeover Day: Changeover day is preferably Saturday although this becomes completely flexible out of high season. Notes on prices: Please contact Helen Guy for prices for long weekends and short breaks - 07790-401476..

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