expand arrow-rightsvg-balloonsvg-carsvg-dogsvg-fireplacesvg-flat-screensvg-heatersvg-laundry-washing-machinesvg-snowflakesvg-hot-tubsvg-swimming-poolsvg-wheelchairsvg-wifiarrow-right

Detached Barn Conversion With Spectacular Views Over Swaledale

Melbecks, North Yorkshire, UK
  • Cottage
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

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.


Diane Raw

Member Since 2014
Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Mar 14, 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 Muker

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.


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


      • 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


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub, shower, bidet
      • Shower room 1
      • Toilet 1
      • Toilet and wash basin on ground floor. On lower ground floor
        Bathroom with toilet, bath and wash basin Separate shower room.

      Location Type

        • Rural
        • Village


            • Guests provide their own meals


                • Heating
                • Internet
                  Free Wi Fi available
                • Iron & Board
                • Living Room
                  With windows looking out to 3 aspects of the valley. The sitting room is light and bright but cosy in winter with an open fire. There is a comfortable 3 piece suite and a high back chair, TV, DVD player and small library of fiction, local books and maps.
                • Parking
                • Tumble Dryer
                • Washing Machine
                • Free Wifi


                    • Freezer
                    • Kitchen
                      Light and airy with 3 windows to take in all the views. It is well equipped with a cooker, freezer, fridge, microwave, toaster, slow cooker, food mixer and kettle. There is a large expandable table with 6 chairs.
                    • Microwave
                    • Oven
                    • Refrigerator
                    • Stove


                        • Child's Highchair
                        • Dining Area


                            • Television


                                • Golf
                                  Richmond and Catterick are the nearest being about half an hour drive away.
                                • 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.

                                      House Rules

                                      Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                      Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                      Cancellation Policy

                                      Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                      9 Reviews


                                      Latest reviews

                                      A place like Heaven..!!

                                      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..!!!

                                      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


                                      Peace and quiet. Yes!!!

                                      Susan H.

                                      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.

                                      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


                                      chris c.

                                      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

                                      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


                                      Homely and peaceful

                                      Anna J.

                                      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.

                                      Owner's Response:

                                      Thank you so much for your great review. Look forward to seeing you all again in the future.

                                      Best wishes


                                      Home from Home

                                      Sharon R.

                                      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.

                                      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

                                      Fabulous Cottage

                                      Ruth L.

                                      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.

                                      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.


                                      Melbecks, North Yorkshire, UK

                                      Distances: 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

                                      Additional information about rental rates

                                      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.

                                      9 Reviews
                                      Exceptional 5/5
                                      Enter dates for accurate pricing
                                      For booking assistance, call 888-640-7927

                                      Property # 8153566