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Nell Tom 5 star Luxury Cottage hideaway with stunning views

Reeth, Richmond, North Yorkshire, UK
  • Cottage
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms4
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

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 stars are amazing, and you will love star gazing in the night skies with no light pollution.

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 stair gates as well as toys and books. There are outdoor toys to play on in the garden and the patio is secure and fenced.

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

stay in swaledale co uk 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.

No smoking. No dogs.

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 to 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.

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


Louise and Jonathan Baltesz

Member Since 2010
Response time:
within a few days
english, french, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Mar 30, 2018
About Louise and 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 and Jonathan Baltesz purchased this Cottage in 2012

Why Louise and Jonathan Baltesz chose Richmondshire District

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 and secluded. 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. It's incredible for star gazing. You can clearly see the milky way and there is no light pollution. 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 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.


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


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • East Ensuite (Thistle)
        1 king, with shower and bath
      • West ensuite. (Trees)
        1 king, 1 baby crib, shower over bath
      • Pink bedroom with cupboard and vanity
        1 king, Double bed can be split into twin beds as required.
      • Blue bedroom
        1 king, Set up as twin but can be made into a double 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


      • 4 Bathrooms
      • East bathroom
        toilet, tub, shower, Ensuite for East (Thistle) Bedroom. Decor is turquoise.
      • West ensuite bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Ensuite for West bedroom (Tree)
      • Downstairs cloakroom with shower
        toilet, shower
      • Family bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Shared by blue and pink bedrooms-but one could use cloakroom
      • 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

      Location Type

        • Mountain
        • Rural
        • Town
        • Village


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Farm Holidays
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      2 large 3 seater sofas, one 2 seater sofa, TV, DVD, Free-view, Log burner in the fireplace. 2nd Sitting room Very large sofa for 4
                    • Fireplace
                      Woodburning stove
                    • Heating
                      Underfloor heating and ground source heat pumps
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      all linen provided
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Parking
                      Lots of parking for more than 4 cars
                    • Telephone
                      For incoming calls only
                    • Towels Provided
                      bath and hand towel one per guest
                    • Tumble Dryer
                      Samsung available
                    • Washing Machine
                      Samsung available
                    • Wood Stove


                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Enough for 12
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                          American fridge Freezer with ice making
                        • Kitchen
                          5 ring hob and 2 ovens. American fridge freezer. Microwave, dishwasher, peninsula unit with 4 bar stools, TV, and all modern kitchen equipment. Stunning view from the sink, filtered water. Table to seat 12.
                        • Microwave
                          Panasonic multifunction
                        • Oven
                          Bosch fan ovens (2)
                        • Refrigerator
                          American Fridge Freezer with ice making
                        • Stove
                          5 ring ceramic with extractor fan
                        • Toaster
                          4 slice


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Indoor and outdoor dining for 12
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 12 people


                                • Books
                                  A full library
                                • DVD Player
                                  Yes 2 provided
                                • Games
                                  Lots of board games
                                • Television
                                  Yes 3- but none in bedrooms
                                • Toys
                                  Lots of toys for young children and several outdoor toys- (ride on) for the patio
                                • Video Library
                                  a few DVDs


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      It's massive and fenced. Lit at night.
                                    • Golf
                                      The Dales is not really somewhere that attracts golfers, but there is a course in Richmond
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      If you would like to on the River Swale
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Very large lawn
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      Sometimes it is possible to ski in and out as in the alps.


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Massage
                                            • Private Chef


                                                • live theater
                                                • arboretum
                                                • caves
                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • autumn foliage
                                                • 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. Sun loungers for sunny days. 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.

                                                                  15 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  The perfect, peaceful get-away!

                                                                  Kevin C.Beziers

                                                                  The property is excellently appointed and in a wonderful location. The panoramic view of Swaledale is breathtaking. Walking in the area is fabulous and suitable for all ages. My 84-year old father-in-law was with me, and he surprised himself by the energy and vigour that was inspired by the scenery and footpaths all around us. The house offers everything one can want on a vacation and was in perfect condition. This is a home that has been lovingly restored and given a new life by the owners' hard work (and investment!)

                                                                  I would certainly recommend Nell Tom to anyone and I hope to return again in the not-too-distant future.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  So glad you all had a great stay at Nell Tom and enjoyed the views of Swaledale. It is such a special place, and it's great to share it with guests who love the scenery, peace and quiet wildlife and walking. Hope you return soon!

                                                                  The best holiday cottage ever!

                                                                  Gill G.

                                                                  Nell Tom is by far the best holiday cottage we have ever stayed in. The views are incredible and if it is peace and quiet that you desire then this is the place.

                                                                  It is beautifully decorated and furnished, spotlessly clean and had everything that we needed.

                                                                  We were delighted with the welcome hamper and very impressed that when I told the owner that there was no bread knife (a complete mystery where it went) she had a new one sent.

                                                                  Our week here was wonderful from start to finish.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  It was a pleasure to have you as our guests. We loved your enthusiasm for the Dales and Nell Tom. Come back and stay again soon!

                                                                  The perfect base from which to explore The Dales

                                                                  Guy E.

                                                                  My third stay at Nell Tom and everything was perfect as usual. I look forward to returning again in the near future.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Glad you had a good stay. Look forward to welcoming you back.

                                                                  Perfect property in a stunning location.

                                                                  Andrew W.

                                                                  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.

                                                                  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!

                                                                  Can't be bettered!

                                                                  Kate W.

                                                                  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.

                                                                  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


                                                                  How Do You Follow That?

                                                                  Phil O.

                                                                  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.

                                                                  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!


                                                                  Reeth, Richmond, North Yorkshire, UK

                                                                  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 Shopping Culture- museums, gardens, churches and abbeys, castles Waterfalls. Star gazing with no light pollution and dark skies. Coast/Beach: There is a small beach by the river swale for those hardy enough to like swimming in cold water Travel: Nearest airport Newcastle- an hour and a half Nearest main station Darlington- 45 mins Distances: 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

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  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.

                                                                  15 Reviews
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