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Detached Barn Conversion With Spectacular Views Over Swaledale

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Gunnerside, Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire, England - Peaceful Elevated Position 5 Minutes Walk From Gunnerside

East Roof is a converted barn with spectacular views situated in an elevated position near the village of Gunnerside. The area is famous for its Lead mining history and offers an abundance of walks straight from the door over the moors and along the valley bottom. Making it a perfect place for exploring the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Surrounded by open countryside, East Roof offers a quiet and peaceful location. A 5 minute walk takes you to the unspoilt village of Gunnerside with it's licensed restaurant and cafe. On a Friday night around 7.00pm the travelling fish and chip van comes into Gunnerside. A short car journey takes you to the villages of Muker and Reeth which offer good food, pubs and shops. The cottage has it's living space, toilet and 1 single bedroom on the ground floor with the other bedrooms on the lower ground floor, allowing you to enjoy the best of the fantastic views. The sitting room has an open coal fire with all fuel included in the rent.

We provide a mobile phone for emergency use. There are EE and 3 mobile phone signals at the cottage.

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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: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Toilet 1 - toilet
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • Toilet and wash basin on ground floor. On lower ground floor: Bathroom with toilet, bath and wash basin Separate shower room.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 Double bed Bedroom 2 Twin beds Bedroom 3 Single bed Bedroom 4 Single bed
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
Notes on accommodation: One well behaved pet by arrangement. No Smoking. Outside: Enclosed private south facing garden with patio furniture mostly laid to lawn. Stunning views in every direction. Towels and linen are included in the rent. Other: The washing machine is on the lower ground floor and the tumble dryer is in the outside store. There is ample room for cycles to be stored and walking clothes to be dried in the outside store.


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(9 traveler reviews)

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Detached Barn Conversion With Spectacular Views Over Swaledale
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

A place like Heaven..!!

  • 5 of 5

Where do I start..!!! A lovely warm welcome by Diane and her daughter on our arrival at the cottage.We were shown around all the rooms and facilities.The cottage was spotless and in a beautiful location.All the equipment that we required was available.Towels,tea towels,dustbin bags,washing up liquid,dishcloths,anti bacterial handwash,toilet rolls etc.There was even some homemade shortcake biscuits waiting for us when we arrived.They were lovely with a cup of tea after our long journey...!! :-)

The cottage was in a beautiful location.Only a stones throw from Gunnerside which has a pub and a coffee shop.

There was also plenty of information at the cottage of activites and walks in the local area.Some of the walks can be completed from the cottage.These included Gunnerside Gill,Muker and Keld.All lovely walks with beautiful scenery.We had trips out to Hawes (Wensleydale creamery),Richmond,

Askrigg and Leyburn.We would recommend the Black Lion Hotel in Richmond for afternoon tea.It was £9.95 for afternoon tea for two.This included a sandwich of your choice,a strawberry tartlet and a scone with jam and butter as well as a drink (soft drink,tea or coffee).We loved it.

I would recommend this cottage.Everything was first class from the first booking contact with Diane up until the finish of the holiday.Any queries before the holiday were answered quickly and the cottage was lovely.

Thanks Diane.We all had a great time and cannot wait to get back..!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Paul, Thank you so much for your terrific review. I am glad you and your family enjoyed your first visit to East Roof. I agree with the review of the Black Lion in Richmond for its afternoon tea!! I look forward to seeing you all again in the future. Best wishes Diane
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Peace and quiet. Yes!!!

  • 5 of 5

East Roof was everything we could have asked for - very peaceful and quiet, warm, cosy, comfortable, spacious, very clean and well maintained. Gorgeous views with somewhere to sit to enjoy them and wildlife on the doorstep. It was great having a welcome from Diane and being shown round and how things worked. Everything we needed and more was provided with plenty of hot water too! The cottage is in a great area for walking and exploring and the village has a decent pub and a couple of tea rooms. Would recommend the bistro for Sunday lunch.

Lots of surrounding villages also have excellent tea rooms and pubs - Muker tea room cream tea is very generous and the Black Bull in Reeth do a good Sunday carvery. I highly recommend this cottage to others.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. I am glad you enjoyed your stay at East Roof. It was lovely to meet you both and hope to see you again in the future. Best Wishes. Diane
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  • 5 of 5

Eastroof was very clean, spacious and everything you needed was there. The central heating was very efficiant and the coal fire was great.

There were panoramic views from every window. We cannot thank Diane enough for letting us stay at there lovely cottage

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your great review, I am glad you enjoyed your first stay at East Roof. I hope to see you both again in the future. Best wishes Diane
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Homely and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Very helpful and understanding owner - assisted us all the way - lovely touch of home made biscuits on arrival. The house is well equipped. Very peaceful and child friendly - 4 children age 6-9 years old. Good outdoor fun. Beautiful area to walk in - we all went on a bear hunt (parent will understand the book reference). The beds were very comfortable, we all slept well. The kitchen held up with us staying in and cooking a variety of meals for 6 people. A truly amazing area to stay - James Herriot countryside. It was the best holiday that we have ever had. Partly due to the area but also the house was a home for a week which enabled us to relax and enjoy the time away together. Thank you so much for the accommodation and kindness.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your great review. Look forward to seeing you all again in the future. Best wishes Diane
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Home from Home

  • 5 of 5

Our stay again at this Comfortable Cottage was outstanding, we always feel like we've come Home when we arrive here for our Family Holiday. We have stayed here several times over last 5-6yrs and never been disappointed with Cottage it's facilities or Weather. The Walks in surrounding Area are Excellent and have a look ways been popular with my Husband and 2 Boys.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to give us such a lovely review. I am glad you enjoyed summer in Swaledale as I know you usually come in October. I look forward to hopefully seeing you all again in the future. Regards Diane and Family
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Fabulous Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this fabulous cottage in February. It truly is not only a superb cottage but also a superb location! Everything you could ask for and Diane was lovely. We've stayed in quite a few cottages over the years and this is the best one. All in all a fabulous stay. We will definitely be returning.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. I am glad you enjoyed your first stay at East Roof. I look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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Diane Raw
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 15, 2018

About Diane Raw

My parents came to farm at Gunnerside in 1965. They decided to diversify in 1990 and converted one of our barns into a self contained holiday cottage. East Roof as it was named became a home from home from then on. Many of our guests still return today bringing with them their children and grandchildren.

When my parents retired, my husband, two daughters and I took over the running of East Roof. We live near Richmond and return each week to clean and maintain the cottage.

I love to come back to East Roof and the area where I grew up, the view across the dale never changes apart from the effect the seasons have upon it.

Diane Raw purchased this cottage in 1960

Why Diane Raw chose Melbecks

The property has been in my family for over 50 years.

What makes this cottage unique

The best part of the cottage is its peaceful location, with stunning views from every window and walks from the door step. With the popular village of Gunnerside only a five minutes walk away with its Cafe and Pub both serving good food.



Muker - 3 Miles. Farmers Arms pub, Tea Room and Shop

Low Row - 3 Miles. Punch Bowl Hotel, Hazel Brow Visitors Farm

Thwaite - 5 Miles Kearton Country Hotel

Reeth - 6 Miles. 3 Pubs, Cafes, Bakers, Shops, Post Office and Cash Point

Hawes - 11 Miles Rope Maker, Banks, Supermarket, Wensleydale Cheese Factory, Hotels, Garage, Cafes, Take away's and Shops

Richmond - 17 Miles. Banks, Post Office, Garages, Shops and Supermarkets

Further Details:

Gunnerside is only a 5 minute walk away, it has a working Smithy and museum, Ghyllfoot Tearoom and Bistro which also doubles as a Take Away (Booking recomended).

Reeth is a busy village with its market held on a Friday morning. It contains pubs, shops, a Dales Museum, Ice cream Parlour, Garage selling petrol and a great play park. You can also hire bikes from the Dales Bike Centre (also great cafe)

Richmond is a Georgian market town which holds its market on a Saturday,There is the Station with its 2 screen cinema and restaurant. Richmond Castle overlooks the town, with a walk to the top of the Keep a must. The Georgian Theatre is the oldest working Theatre in the country and can be seen by daily guided tours.

Hawes is rural Market town which has its market and livestock auction sales held on Tuesday.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner.

Changeover Day:
Change over day is Saturday
Leaving at 10.00 and Arriving at 3.00
New visitors to East Roof will be shown around by the owner when they arrive.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund