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Malhamdale Luxury Granville House The Yorkshire Dales National Park

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Bell Busk, Malhamdale, Skipton, Yorkshire Dales, England - Peaceful Location In Beautiful Pastoral Setting With Panoramic Views

Granville House in Bell Busk is a self catering holiday cottage that welcomes up to 6 people. You will be staying in a gorgeous 400 year old farmhouse (a Yorkshire laithe) on the old pack horse route from Gargrave to Settle on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park near Malham in Malhamdale.

You will enjoy luxury, spacious, characterful and comfortable accommodation with panoramic pastural views. If the sun is shining in Bell Busk it will shine on Granville House from sunrise until the sun sets. Granville House has become a popular location for gatherings of families, friends, bridal groups and honeymoons. 

This is tranquility realised, you will love it from the moment you arrive, a hidden gem that will leave you feeling happier and healthier with style. A paradise for nature lovers and gardeners, for walkers and cyclists, the Pennine way and cycle route 68 are just down the lane. This is farming country and England at its best. It will be as tranquil or bustling as you want it to be. The country side is beautiful and uncrowded but good facilities are within easy reach. Granville House is ideally located with easy access onto fast roads or country lanes.

 You will find everything you need for a relaxing short break or month long holiday.

You will have 3 bedrooms to choose from; a large master room with en-suite and king size 4 poster, a large double and a large twin with desk and height adjustable chair. There is a house bathroom with a roll top bath big enough for two.

The kitchen and dining room is open plan and is a great sociable space. The hand built bespoke wooden kitchen has been described as a cooks dream with good quality equipment, and an Aga so the house is always warm and cosey. In this room, there is a piano and guitar with sheet music.  DVDs, books, magazines, radio, I POD dock and WiFi . The sitting room has a TV with 'free to air' satellite channels, magazines, books, games and a log burner. You will even have central heating, double glazing, hot or cold running water, electricity, an iron and a hairdryer.

There is an information folder in the kitchen which clearly explains how to work everything and you will have your very own mini tourist information centre to hand with leaflets and organised folders to help you plan your perfect holiday.

The gardens are pretty and spacious with well stocked borders, tables and chairs. We provide picnic blankets too, but there is an unfenced deep pond and an unfenced drop into the car park at the back so children must be supervised at all times. Malham Cove and Haw Crag can be seen from the back garden. The garden at the front is smaller and safer with a nice view of the church spire and the little viaduct over which steam trains can be seen if you are lucky. We provide bird seed for the bird table.

You can enjoy a private entrance and off road private parking for 3 cars, but you must promise to close the gates to keep out the nosey sheep and cows.

In the surrounding fields, depending on the time of year, you will see spring lambs being born or gambling and pronking about, you may also see calves being born up until mid autumn.

Bell Busk is a sleepy ancient hamlet, in a conservation area alongside the upper reaches of the River Aire and Otterburn Beck. It was once the main terminus for the Dales when we had a railway station and silk mill. Before that the Romans were here walking up and down our lane. There are lots of things to do round here with walks and cycle trails straight from your door. There are otters in the rivers, spot the king fishers too. At dusk, step outside to see bats and owls and then study the night sky without light pollution. The aurora can be seen from the top of Haw Crag during solar flares.

 We provide you with some local history about 'Granny House' and some information about Bell Busk and Coniston Cold in your welcome folder. In the kitchen you will find a vast collection of information helping you to plan your day trips.

Bell Busk forms part of the Coniston Hall Estate with opportunities for swimming, spa treatments, archery, falconry, off roading, clay pigeon shooting, fly fishing or just eating and drinking in the bars and restaurants, relaxing next to the log fire looking out over the lake.

You can walk or cycle from the door, The Pennine Way is just a few hundred yards to the North.

Gargrave is a 2 mile walk along a very gentle pretty lane or a 5 minute trip in the car. You will find an excellent Co-op with good bread and fine wines, an award winning Indian restaurant, excellent fish and chip shop, 4 antique shops, 2 gastro pubs, the Pennine way and remains of our Roman road submerged by the river but clearly visible. The local post office and pharmacy are there too.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is on your doorstep with pretty places to visit such as, Malham Cove, Gordale Scar,Janet's Foss, Aysgarth Falls, Yockenthwaite, and Ingleton Falls

Try some of the best hill walking England has to offer on Ingleborough, Pen Y Ghent, Whernside or Pendle Hill, we provide a Malhamdale walk book and a Dales walk book that offer a variety of easy to difficult walks.

The AONB of The Forest of Bowland is just down the road with the famous Trough of Bowland and Gisburn Forest which is excellent for mountain biking.

You can wander round the picturesque villages of Aireton, Linton, Hetton, Grassington, Malham, Kettlewell, Haworth, Hawes, Kirkby Lonsdale, Clapham, Ingleton, Pateley Bridge and Embsay. We shall tell you where our favourite pubs and tea shops are once you are here. If you are coming to shop, then do it in style in Skipton, Settle, Ilkley, Clitheroe, Harrogate, Ripon, Leeds and York.

Skipton is our nearest town. Skipton is ancient and boasts a medieval castle, canal, river, 4 day market, and a museum with Shakespeare's First Folio.

For nature lovers, we provide you with bird seed so you can sit and watch our visitors with ease, we can lend you our bat detector too and if you want to see the salmon leaping then come and visit in October, they leap up the Ribble at Stainforth Force

For geologists we have an example of just about every geological feature within a 20 mile radius, there are coral islands, faults, basins, hills, valleys, glacial moraine, erratics, caves, mines, quarries and rivers, the last ice age was here.

For the archaeologists we have collected some leaflets that will guide you on local walks and we recommend a visit to the Hoffmann Kiln at Langcliffe.

For those of you interested in Victorian mills and towns, we have the finest example of its kind at Saltaire, just 40minutes in the car.

If trains are your thing, then look no further, there is a steam train that runs from Embsay to Bolton Abbey. There are a lot of steam trains on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, so take a ride up to Haworth to have a look at where the Brontes lived. The nearby village of Hellifield provides the gateway station for the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway, described as the most beautiful train journey in England. The famous Ribblehead viaduct is not far away. Sometimes the steam engines puff along over the little Bell Busk viaduct while you are watching from the comfort of your armchair. The famous cardboard railway model kits are made in Bell Busk.

If you are interested in ruins then it's worth visiting Bolton Abbey, Bardon Tower, Fountains Abbey, Jervaulx Abbey and Rievaulx Abbey.

More Details

Jeanne Hine
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
March 9, 2018

About Jeanne Hine

We are a working professional couple, who love country life. We often work from home.

Our hobbies are varied and include many outdoor pursuits and gardening.

We love what we have and we are happy to share it with you.

Jeanne Hine purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Jeanne Hine chose Craven District

We meant to downsize when our children fledged but we fell in love with Granville House because of the views.

Once you are here, you will feel completely relaxed and quite far away but in reality Bell Busk is very easy to access just 1 mile from the A65, it is not cut off and does not take hours to reach along winding lanes. It's a little gem.

What makes this cottage unique

Our special features would include the views, the very large well stocked garden and the light aspect. If the sun is shining, it will shine on Granville House.

Indoors, there is a luxurious amount of space, a 4 poster bed, a log burner, piano and guitar, a wonderful bespoke kitchen with Aga and a roll top bath big enough for 2. Outside you will find plenty of wildlife and you may even see the aurora because of the dark sky. You can feed our hens or the wild birds too. If you are lucky you will see a steam train. We pride ourselves on our cleanliness too.

Guestbook comments from the owner

“Top class!”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

What a lovely house! It's obvious from all the reviews on here that this house is fantastic, and it lives up to that billing and more!

There are amazing views, big comfy beds, fab furnishings, a big tele, fab walks from the doorstep, a locally crafted kitchen, boot/drying room, big garden, cozy aga, wood burner etc. Absolutely everything has been thought of and been provided by the owners, who live next door. They are friendly and welcoming, but unobtrusive.

I don't think you could get a better house in the Dales. Could not recommend highly enough.
Jan 2015
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Craven District Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Free standing roll top bath, has shower attachment for hair
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , This is ensuite to bedroom 1
  • Both bathrooms have wash basins and loos
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king sized bed and ensuite Bedroom 2 with double bed Bedroom 3 with twin beds Cot is moveable
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
Notes on accommodation: Although suitable for the elderly and children, there is no downstairs loo. The stairs are very wide and slope gently. There are floorboards and cream carpets so you need to bring slippers or thick socks as shoes are not to be worn indoors. We provide clean slippers. Outside: There are 2 gardens. The large back garden has well stocked borders, an unfenced pond and unfenced drop to the back yard so children must be supervised at all times. The small front garden is safe for all. There are tables and chairs, BBQ, Utility Room: washing machine, clothes airer, coat hooks, shoe storage, iron and ironing board, vacuum cleaner, high chair Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Bedlinen, towels, bath mats, tea towels and apron are provided. Please bring bedding if you need to use the cot We clean through before your arrival or weekly if you stay longer Other: The dining room is open plan with the kitchen with windows North and South. There is an oak table and chairs with cushions, bespoke kitchen, piano and guitar, more books and leaflets


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Malhamdale Luxury Granville House The Yorkshire Dales National Park
average rating of 4.923077 based on 27 reviews

50th Birthday Weekend

  • 5 of 5

I wanted to find somewhere special where my family could celebrate my wife's special birthday, and what we found was very special indeed. A beautiful cottage with great facilities, set in a fantastic rural location. Everything was as we hoped for, a warm inviting large cottage that easily catered for 6 adults. Beds were super comfy and the kitchen area was the perfect place to chat, eat and have the odd tipple or two before retiring into a snug front room to see the day out! A more perfect place for a family gathering will be hard to find. Highly recommended.and a credit to the owners.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for this fantastic review.We have tried really hard to create the perfect indoor experience, the scenery and setting was easy. We would love to welcome you back .
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  • 5 of 5

What more can be said that hasn't been said before? An absolutely fabulous place to stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing to stay at Granville House, we really hope you all come back !
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Beautiful setting with far reaching quintessentially English views

  • 5 of 5

House warm and comfortable. Cooking on an Aga a little daunting at first but proved to be very straightforward. Fantastic area for local walks, for exploring Dales villages and towns or just sitting by the window. Generous sized rooms so that house can absorb 6 without feeling squeezed. A very restorative holiday!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for this review and thank you for taking such good care of Granville House during your week here. Did you see the steam train? We would love to have you back.
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Beautiful spot to explore Yorkshire!

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent a week at Granville House and enjoyed it thoroughly! Beautiful cozy house with lots of room for 5 adults. The property is lovely with pretty gardens and the countryside just beyond. The kitchen with an Aga is well equipped to do any meal preparation you want. There are easy instructions on how to use the Aga so it didn't take long for us to settle right in and cook dinner the first night. Jeanne and Richard are very welcoming and always happy to give you suggestions or tips on planning your daily adventures. There are also lots of brochures in the kitchen. Yorkshire is a beautiful part of the country and Granville House is the perfect spot to explore it from. It was our first time in the area so we were busy out and about each day. On our next visit, we will build in some R&R time just enjoying the gardens and views from this property. Thank you Jeanne & Richard for sharing your lovely house with us!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing to stay at Granville House and thank you for this lovely review. Granville House and the surrounding country side is indeed rather special. We look forward to your next visit all the way from Canada in 2019.
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Charming cottage in scenic location

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable, well provided for cottage with pretty garden. Owners most welcoming. In beautiful location overlooking green fields with herds of cows and sheep. It is quite a treat to see steam trains heading towards Settle from the living room window.

On the southern edge of the Dales close to Malham and Grassington. Expeditions into Lancashire and Cumbria also possible. Great location.

Only niggle was that wifi only available in the kitchen. Since the whole family had various types of phone / tablet and laptop with them, would have preferred the flexibility of wifi throughout the property.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Granville House in Bell Busk is indeed a very special place. We are very lucky here to be able to provide our guests with wonderful views from every window and an interesting combination of things to do locally and inside the cottage itself. The wifi is super fast and reliable, a real treat in such a pretty unspoilt location, where people come to 'get away'. However, it is only available in the large family living area which includes the open plan kitchen, pretty views and seating for 8 people.
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The perfect country retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this fabulous farm house for 5 nights with 2 adults and 4 children (12, 10, 7 and 5 years old). It was a perfect holiday for discovering this stunning part of the UK and for visiting family nearby! Pros: - Beautiful views front and back - Lovely quiet location in countryside - Big garden for kids to play in - A nearby hill to run up for kids - Tastefully decorated - Good selection of DVDs for rainy days - 15 min drive to drive to high-quality supermarket (Keelham farm shop) - Fireplace with available wood - AGA and dishwasher in kitchen - Great instructions about the house - Lots of info on things to do. Cons: - WIFI only works in kitchen - The toilets are upstairs. Our experience of this farm house is extremely positive and we certainly recommend staying there if you enjoy tranquility like we do!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you had a fabulous time here. Granville House is indeed quite special. And yes we are very lucky to have super fast broadband here.
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World Of Beatrix Potter
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
Royal Armouries
Lancaster Castle
Turkish Baths & Health Spa
Ripley Castle and Gardens
Keighley & Worth Valley Light Railway Ltd
Windermere Lake Cruises
The Black Sheep Brewery
Fountains Abbey
Hardcastle Crags
National Media Museum
Richmond Castle
Royal Pump Room Museum
Wensleydale Creamery
RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Ripon Cathedral
Sizergh Castle and Garden
Lime Kiln
Pennine Way
Malham Cove
Gordale Scar
Janet's Foss
Aysgarth Falls
Ingleton Waterfalls Trail
Pendle Hill
Forest of Bowland
Gisburn Forest
tea shop
Hebden Bridge
walking and tea shop
Bolton Abbey
Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
Pateley Bridge
Kirkby Lonsdale
Brontë Parsonage Museum
Ribblehead Viaduct
Stainforth Force
Jervaulx Abbey & Tea Rooms
Rievaulx Abbey
York Gate
T&R Theakston Ltd
Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Leeds Bradford
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Coniston Cold
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Coniston Cold
Car: recommended


A car is recommended. Gargrave is a 2 mile walk, 3 miles in the car where there is a train station.

Skipton Station is about 7 miles.

Leeds Bradford Airport is about 45 mins away.

Our grid reference is 390 796 E. 456219 N.

Latitude 54.001928

Longitude 2.142018


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Minimum of 2 nights in the low season and 3 nights during the rest of the year, unless booking last minute. Folks can arrive after 4pm and need to be packed up and heading off by 10am on day of departure. This is sometimes negotiable out of season.
We cannot accommodate any pets.
There is an absolute ban on smoking indoors.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible.
Arrival is after 3pm
Departure is before 10am

Notes on prices:
Short stays welcome, per night price varies - please enquire. We shall send you a quote, then a cancellation policy and booking contract before any money is accepted. An initial deposit within 2 days of reservation is required. The balance is payable 4 weeks before arrival. There is sometimes a discount for 2 people such as late bookings.
Price includes: cleaning, WIFI, bedding, bathroom and kitchen towels and kindling.
We are happy to talk on the phone.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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