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Newly refurbished 5 star Luxury Cottage (sleeps 8) with stunning views

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Spacious cottage with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and incredible views in a peaceful rural settin

Nell Tom is a very spacious cottage and has been refurbished to the very highest standards. Everything is brand new and designed for comfort.

The views will knock you out! The peace and isolation you will enjoy will ensure that you have a relaxing holiday. We defy you not to fall in love with Swaledale as we did when we bought the property.

The cottage is approached by a twisty road to Blades and then by a private road. There is plenty of parking and a large enclosed garden, with sunny south facing patio and even larger south facing lawn.

Families are welcome. We provide high chair, travel cot and stairgates as well as toys and books. There are outdoor toys to play on in the garden and the patio is secure and fenced.

No smoking. No dogs.

DVDs books and board games for adults and young people are also provided.

Walkers welcome. There is plenty of space for storing muddy boots and hanging coats. We provide walking books and maps.

Cyclists welcome. There is room in a secure shed for your bikes.

We provide linen and towels and array of useful items as well as a welcome tray.

You will find all the tourist information you need on our website and leaflets in the cottage.

Changeovers are on Saturdays. Guests are welcome to arrive after 4pm and must vacate the house by 10 the following week.

Family reunions and groups of friends welcome, but it is not suitable for hen/stag nights. Not suitable for wheelchairs or people with mobility issues.

It is half a mile and an easy walk to Low Row where there is an award winning gastro pub, The Punch Bowl Inn. It is about 4 miles to Reeth, which has pubs, teashops, ice cream parlour, a post office, doctor’s surgery and the weekly market on the green.

Other activities available on request such as fishing, guided walks and photography workshops.

Hampers, catering (full service or drop off) and babysitting can be arranged in advance.

Weekly bookings only. Short breaks only in low season or special circumstances.

More Details

Louise or Jonathan Baltesz
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2017

About Louise or Jonathan Baltesz

We are a family who love the Dales and have been visiting Swaledale since our children were tiny. They have grown up as dual nationals (We live in the South West!) and have both now left home, but continue to love to visit Swaledale for every holiday.

We love the peace and quiet, the walking and the birds and wildlife.

We had the opportunity to buy Laykin in 2005 and Nell Tom in 2012 and have enjoyed both renovation projects and the chance to spend time there ourselves as well as letting the properties out.

Louise or Jonathan Baltesz purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Louise or Jonathan Baltesz chose North Yorkshire

We had the opportunity to buy Nell Tom in 2012. How could we resist? The views down the Dale are simply breathtaking, and though we knew that we would need to make many alterations to the house and garden to achieve what we wanted, we felt that it's location warranted it.

We set about a total renovation in March 14 and our first guests stayed in May 2015.

What makes this cottage unique

It is wonderful peaceful. You approach from the tiny road to Blades, and then down a private track. There are a couple of other holiday homes nearby but you will feel as if you are totally isolated as the nearest one is above us and can't really be seen from the house.

You can have wonderful walks straight from the door and admire fantastic scenery, wildlife, birds, flowers.

You won't be able to use your phone if you use vodafone as there is no signal in the Dale, so you can relax. Other networks are fine, and we have good wifi.

There is a large enclosed garden to enjoy all the views from.

The whole house will be newly renovated and built to the highest standards. It is well insulated, has underfloor heating provided by ground source. It is cosy & all the furniture & beds are new.

Guestbook comments from the owner

First guests arriving soon!
Jun 2014
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Melbecks Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Ensuite for Bedroom 2
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Ensuite for Master Bedroom. Decor is turquoise
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Downstairs cloakroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Family bathroom
  • Bathroom 1, ensuite with bath and shower and separate loo used by bedroom 1 Bathroom 2, family bathroom to be shared by bedrooms 2 and 3. Bath and shower over the bath. Bathroom 3, ensuite for bedroom 4, bath and shower. Bathroom 4, shower downstairs
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , All double beds split into Twins as necessary
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , All double beds split into twin beds as necessary
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , All double beds split into twin beds as required
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , All double beds split into twin beds as required
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with zip and link superking bed/twin Bedroom 2 with zip and link superking bed/twin Bedroom 3 with zip and link superking bed/twin Bedroom 4 with zip and link superking bed/twin
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The rooms have comfortable beds with pocket sprung mattresses, cotton bedlinen and carpets in all bedrooms. There are amazing views from every room. There is plenty of storage and hanging space, and 2 bedrooms are en-suite. Outside: The garden features a large patio and steps down to lawns. There are french windows which open onto the patio. There is a large seating area a table and chairs to seat 12. BBQ, table for BBQ and tools. Lafuma loungers for sunny days. A hot tub can be hired at an extra cost of £330 per week if needed (Sits 8). Please arrange with us in advance. Subject to availability. Utility Room: Coat and boot storage and drying area. Sink and drainer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. Changeovers are done once a week on a Saturday. Other: 2nd Living room- corner sofa, TV, DVD Downstairs shower also has washer and drier Underfloor heating throughout.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Newly refurbished 5 star Luxury Cottage (sleeps 8) with stunning views
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Perfect property in a stunning location.

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay. Our fondness for both Nell Tom and Laykin Cottages together with the surrounding environment continues to grow, and we are so grateful with the opportunity to stay in such wonderfully appointed properties. The blend of beautiful properties, stunning landscapes and second to none service from Louise and Jonathan always provides us with a magical stay and one which we wish would not end. On this occasion, we were able to bring our very best friends and their parents, and all stayed at Laykin. Not only were we able to share great memories throughout Swaledale but we also shared so many good times socialising at both Nell Tom and Laykin. Nell Tom was perfect for our Easter Sunday feast. Serving 13 around the table it is hard to believe that we were the first ever connected guests across both cottages. They lend themselves perfectly to a balanced group holiday of togetherness and independence. I have said too much but I could say more but we leave with such fond memories, heavy hearts and also excitement because we have booked to stay again in the Autumn.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this glowing review. We are so pleased that your family at Nell Tom and your friends who took over Laykin could all enjoy yourselves and that using both properties worked so well for your large gathering. We share your love of Swaledale, it's landscape and people and miss it when we don't visit frequently, and we know all too well about having a heavy heart when we leave!
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Can't be bettered!

  • 5 of 5

We’ve just returned from a simply stunning one-week stay at Nell Tom. I booked the cottage as a 40th birthday treat – spending it with my ten month old and a big group of revolving friends and family. It is a truly special part of the world and Nell Tom sits in a wonderful position surveying the Swaledale landscape. Blessed with good weather we did a number of the walks direct from the house and from surrounding villages Reeth and Muker, amongst the lovely touches offered by the Owners was a series of map pouches complete with OS Maps and written walk guides. With several small children amongst the guests we found the safe walled garden was a brilliant venue for reconstruction of 2016 Olympic highlights and general toddling - can’t imagine the effort taken to get this so level as it is set amongst steeply sloping hills but it was much appreciated. The interior of the house is beautiful – light and airy but also carefully thought out and with first class finishes. We loved the well-stocked kitchen (even a bean trimmer….actually none of us knew how to use this even after 30 minutes of fiddling) luxurious bathrooms and comfy beds. As others have noted the initial drive up to the cottage is a little hair-raising but actually becomes much easier second time around when one knows the route. It is a lovely walk down to the Punchbowl Inn in Low Row- we had a couple of meals there and whilst the night time menu seems a bit more adventurous than lunchtime both were good. Louise and Jonathan very kindly arranged the installation of a Hot Tub for our stay which was a great hit with all ages, I think it will be very hard to beat the holiday memory of sitting in the warm bubbles with a glass of champagne watching the red moon rise over the ridge with the valley extending below us. So we have all resolved to do it again and come back next year! Thank you for such a special experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kate, We are so touched by your wonderful review of Nell Tom. For some reason I didn't see it until now, and was delighted to read about how much your enjoyed your stay. Glad it was so special. Come back soon! Kind regards Louise
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How Do You Follow That?

  • 5 of 5

Well, we have stayed in holiday homes, home and abroad, for the past 30 years but never have we come across such a perfect cottage. The facilities and sheer luxury are outstanding and when you take into account the idyllic location I don't think we will ever beat this!

The hillside location is amazing with panoramic views towards Reeth and across the Dale.

The property was immaculately clean and all fixtures and furnishings near new. Also, there were outdoor toys provided which the young children in the party made full use of.

The internet connection was surprisingly good considering the relatively remote location and the WiFi throughout the house useful. Watching Netflix on each of 3 the Smart TVs worked a treat.

A couple of us took advantage of the excellent cycling in the area. The house has a secure lockup for several bikes and there is even a nod to the 2014 Tour De France visit to Swaledale in an amazing piece of stonework art embedded the garden wall. The walk from the house to some good tarmac is about 250 metres and the climb at the end of the ride back up the hill is a good little tester ;)

Louise, the owner, communicated clearly throughout both before and after our stay (when she correctly surmised that we had left with one of the cottage keys!).

I case you haven't guessed already, I would highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this glowing review. It was a pleasure to have you as our guests, and lovely that the children had great weather for playing on the patio and in the garden, which was designed with young children in mind. Our housekeeper should be justly proud of your comments on how clean everything was, she is one in a million, and we are lucky to have someone who is so meticulous and house proud. Glad you liked the stone bike and we think you deserve medals for even attempting to cycle up Brocca bank! Come back and stay with us again soon!
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  • 5 of 5

The Stay in Swaledale properties raise the bar to a new standard. The quality and finish of their two immaculately renovated properties is utterly remarkable and probably unique in this area. We have stayed in both Laykin and Nell Tom and we wouldn't go anywhere else now. Aside from the breathtaking views, which in our opinion are unbeatable, the accommodation is absolutely perfect - no expense has been spared and no detail has been overlooked. The beds and bathrooms are of the highest standard - everything works and bedding/towels top quality. The kitchens are incredibly well equipped - beautiful crockery and everything you could ever need. The welcome hampers are very generous and stocked with high-end products. Living areas are cosy, warm and comfortable. The properties are never anything but spotlessly clean on arrival and the owners are so thoughtful with the extras and details - for example a pair of binoculars for spotting the wildlife and birds (plenty of oyster catchers, curlews and lapwings) maps (with waterproof cases!), information about local attractions, useful hooks everywhere and plenty of storage for coats, muddy boots and family paraphernalia. We have had some of our best family times here and our children look forward to returning each year. Nell Tom in particular is great for children with a lovely lower lawned area big enough for games. Whatever the weather, you will never tire of the views and if you are lucky (as we have generally been) you will have plenty of sunshine and be able to get out and do some of the best walking Yorkshire has to offer - from the front door. I could go on at length and cannot recommend this property highly enough. My advice would be to stop looking anywhere else and book here!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are overwhelmed with this lovely review, and how much these lovely guests enjoy staying with us. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. We are passionate about our cottages and want our guests to have the best holiday time ever, hence attention to all the small details. Delighted that it is all noticed and appreciated.
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Wow! What a spectacular location in Swaledale

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful cottage nestles in the hills overlooking the Swaledale valley that runs through from Keld to Reeth.

The location on its own is priceless and the owners are fortunate to have 2 superbly finished and well maintained holiday lets there. Its obvious the owners take great pride in the property as its spotlessly clean and you want for nothing the even a lovely welcome pack was left it the kitchen with cake biscuits tea milk etc. Just the ticket after a long drive up from Hampshire. The bedrooms were very comfortable and the bed huge. The kitchen is well equipped even with an optional Ager if you want to go traditional with the cooking. the boot room is great for unloading all you gear after a hard days walking and warm too to dry everything.

Low Row Is a quiet village and has one Pub The Punch Bowl thats only a short down hill walk. food and beer good.

We have been walking in the hills around Swaledale now normally twice a year for over 20 years. Although not cheep you certainly get good value and first class treatment. This is the best accommodation we have stayed at in the dales.

this is the second Time we have stayed at Laykin and it certainly wont be the last.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We were delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay so much at Laykin Cottage, Nell Tom's sister just a few hundred yards away downhill. I must have sent you a link to review the wrong cottage, apologies. The 2 are very similar but there is no Aga at Nell Tom in case anyone is confused.
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We love it so much we hired it twice within a year

  • 5 of 5

The quality, comfort and craftsmanship has been maintained to a far better than average over the last 12 Months.

A truly delightful detached dales cottage with luxurious fixtures and an ideal base for the local and not so local area.

We fully recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to have you back as our guests. So glad you had a wonderful holiday. Thanks for noticing all the new things we have put in place since your last stay!
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Nearest Airport
68 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Low Row The Punch Bowl Inn
Nearest Ferry
115 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Low Row The Punch Bowl Inn
Nearest Ski
1 Metres
From the door in winter
Nearest Beach
75 Miles
Car: necessary

Nell Tom is a perfect hideaway destination. A peaceful retreat.

Special interest holidays:

Walking- more walks than you can choose from

Botany - there are first class hay meadows nearby

Birdwatching- the birdlife can be seen and heard all around

Biking- both on and off road

Photography- every day a new light on the view

Fishing - in the Swale


Culture- museums, gardens, churches and abbeys, castles



There is a small beach by the river swale for those hardy enough to like swimming in cold water


Nearest airport Newcastle- an hour and a half

Nearest main station Darlington- 45 mins


Half a mile to nearest pub

4 miles to Reeth- shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, market on Fri

15 miles to Richmond, Leyburn or Hawes for shops, cafes, restaurants, attractions

Further Details:

There are no shortage of shops or supermarkets- 4 miles to the nearest one.

There is plenty to do and see in the Dale to appeal to all ages and tastes.


Rates & Availability

Melbecks Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 22 2017 - Apr 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
May Day Bank Holiday
Apr 29 2017 - May 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
May Birdwatching Premium Time
May 7 2017 - May 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
May Half Term
May 27 2017 - Jun 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
Hay Meadow Flower Time
Jun 4 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
High Summer
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Indian Summer
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 20 2017
7 night minimum stay
Autumn Half Term
Oct 21 2017 - Nov 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
Low Season
Nov 5 2017 - Dec 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas and New Year
Dec 21 2017 - Dec 1 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please make an enquiry by phone or email or via our website.
We will reserve the week you want for a few days til the deposit is received.
Deposit of one third of the value of the holiday is needed.
Payment of the balance 6 weeks before.
Payment by cheque or bank transfer.
A damage deposit of £250 is required and refunded within 2 weeks of the booking.

Changeover Day:
Saturday arrival 4pm
Departure 10 am Saturday.
Occasionally flexible
7 day let suits us best. We won't take short breaks unless it's low season.

Notes on prices:
Premium £1800
High Season £1500
Mid Season £995
Low Season £850

One third of the booking total is required as a deposit on booking.
The balance is payable 6 weeks before.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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