Throstle Nest Barn is a beautifully converted detached barn in a rural position near the tiny hamlet of Crackpot. The cottage is luxuriously appointed, with central heating, underfloor heating in bathrooms and a multi-fuel stove (coal included). High-quality furnishings and decor mean the cottage is ideal for a perfect holiday in the Yorkshire Dales, marvellously well-equipped and wonderfully comfortable. Downstairs dining kitchen, with range-style cooker, fridge and separate freezer and dishwasher. With a kingsize double bed to sink into after a glorious day's hiking, Throstle Nest Barn is a gorgeous cottage to come to in a fantastic part of Swaledale. So beautiful, they wrote a song about it, "Beautiful Swaledale"! Free wifi, 2 dogs welcome, sorry no smoking. Weekly bookings are Saturday to Saturday. Short breaks are welcome, including 2 nt breaks, which are £15 less than 3 nt price.
Luxury cottage near Crackpot, Swaledale - Rural position, views over Swaledale
Mrs Rosie Nicholls
- Calendar last updated:
- Jan 22, 2019
About Mrs Rosie Nicholls
We live in the Welsh Marches and first holidayed in Swaledale 10 years ago, we fell in love with the dale, it's people and the warmth of their welcome, the stunning scenery and it's beautiful places. We have been coming back regularly ever since and were lucky enough to purchase Throstle Nest Barn. We feel the luckiest people every time we arrive to think that we own such a wonderful house in such a beautiful setting and we feel happy to share our special place with you. Our dog Monty enjoys the freedom of the two acre stone walled paddock in which the barn is situated, chasing bunnies, although these Yorkshire rabbits are too clever for him! He also loves having balls thrown for him from the bench at the top of our field with what we feel is the best view of the dale.
Why Mrs Rosie Nicholls chose Richmond
To us it is the perfect place to relax away from our busy working lives, Throstle Nest Barn being high up on the fell side with glorious views of the river Swale flowing down dale gives it a peaceful location with only the birds and sheep for company most of the time. The silence can almost be deafening and is often only broken by the call of a curlew, the bleat of a lamb or the river flowing down stream. Although appearing remote it is only a mile to the village of Gunnerside or Low Row where delicious food can be obtained from very good pubs or tea rooms or just a couple of miles up dale will take you to a warm welcome at the Farmers Arms in Muker. If you're very lucky you may see the Northern Lights out of the kitchen window a lucky guest did last February.
What makes this Cottage unique
After arriving a car is no longer necessary, walk from the door, high onto the remoteness of the fell, through pretty villages or along the river passing through the glorious wild flower meadows. Take a walk through history up Gunnerside Gill viewing the relics of the lead mining industry. Bring your bicycles, there are miles of off road trails to explore or follow the route of 2014's Tour De France. A short walk would lead you to a wonderful days fishing on the Swale and if that isn't enough there are plenty of places to visit, Leyburn a lovely market town full of a wide range of independent shops, Hawes the home of Wensleydale cheese, the favourite of Wallace & Gromit, with plenty to tempt your tastebuds. Follow in the footsteps of James Herriot...... All Creatures Great and Small....
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Well equipped cottage. Perfect secure garden
Cosy and very comfortable. Good place to stay and unwind. Great secure garden for doggies. Lay out unexpected but none the less we all enjoyed bringing the new year in and we would definitely recommend it.
Thank-you for your comments and for leaving the cottage so very clean and tidy, very much appreciated. So glad you enjoyed your holiday and the cottage and hope you can return some time.
We had such high hopes staying in this cottage only to be so disappointed.
I do have high standards I know that. When we arrived as I was getting out the car my feet missed dog dirt by centimetres. Whilst I can pick my own dogs up, picking another dogs up plays havoc with my stomach.
We got all our belongings in, took a tesco order by which time we were ready for something to drink after a two and a half hour journey.
Took some knive out the draw only to find they had dried food on. That was it for me I set too and washed everything that we thought we would use during our stay. Still not had our drink got the tea pot out and it had old used teabags in so that also went in the dishwasher. Now when I complained about this it was explained that not all guests were as clean as others. Well I’m sorry but don’t these cottages have managers to check and inspect all these things on changeover. We have returned from a property in Shropshire and the cottage was immaculate. You never felt the need to wash anything. It was a absolute credit to them. Now if it can be in one cottage, why not all of them. We loaded the dishwasher went upstairs for a sit down only to find when we went back down to the kitchen the dishwasher had flooded the kitchen floor. We cleaned all that up. My husband then spent some time looking to mend it. It worked a couple of times gave us some confidence using it, but oh no Christmas Eve it flooded the kitchen again. Christmas Day was spent washing all the pots and pans by hand. Boxing Day, while the rest of the family went out, my husband and I tried again to mend the dishwasher. My husband searched for blockages. Stripped it. Some brackets were missing and if the drawer dropped down it stopped the arm from going round causing it to flood. Now apparently this has happened before where the brackets have come off so why not leave spares in the cottage. We arrived 22/12 and we still were messing about on the 26/12.
The bedroom downstairs was very small. Not a nice room at all. It was cramped. As the thermostat was in the lounge upstairs it would turn off leaving the bedroom and the downstairs very cold. Not a room really for adults.
Watching the TV was a nightmare. There is a settee for three people but you have to look at the screen sideways. There is only one chair to be able to watch TV in the correct position. Very bad for the neck.
The field outside was the best thing it is secure for the dogs. Worst Christmas break ever
Both the owners and I, who manage the cottage, were very sorry that the guests were very disappointed with Throstle Nest Barn.
Both they and I try our utmost to make sure the cottage meets all expectations and we try to go the extra mile to achieve this. Unfortunately, it appears that factors beyond our control meant that these particular guests were not happy.
The cottage had undergone a deep clean only three weeks previously and the owners had themselves stayed two weeks before, to do maintenance and painting etc. All the crockery, cutlery, pans, kitchen cupboards, shelves and woodwork was checked by them then. It would appear that the one set of guests after this had put crockery/cutlery away dirty. It seems likely that one guest indavertently put the teapot away dirty, possibly while someone else was cleaning round and while this is obviously not something we would have wanted, along with crockery less than sparkling, we don't really feel it is reasonable to expect the cleaner (myself) to take out every plate/bowl/mug/knife/fork/spoon/pan/dish/roaster/jug/teapot at every clean to check that previous guests have cleaned it properly, as I just don't have the time. It is all checked at regular intervals.
If I had noticed the dog dirt, I would have also picked that up, obviously, although this really is the responsibility of the guests who bring dogs, to check round to make sure the garden is clean.
Nobody had mentioned any problems with the dishwasher before, and it was working perfectly when the owners were there, so we're not sure how we could have managed to get it fixed for Christmas Day, given that we only found out about it the day before. We couldn't get anyone out to have a look, it being the festive holidays, but the guests with the problem kindly discovered what the problem was, so in fact, we managed to get it fixed in time for the guests arriving for New Year, thank-you for that.
There is central heating in the whole house, with two radiators in the kitchen downstairs, plus an oil-fired plug in radiator, kick heaters under the sink, and underfloor heating in both the downstairs bathroom and the ensuite shower room. The twin bedroom is quite small, but given that it's not a room in which much time is spent, we feel it's perfectly adequate. The layout of the living area is limited by the size of the cottage, but it is possible to rearrange seating to suit guest needs. 99% of the people who stay here absolutely love it and keep returning.
A beautiful place to spend a week in the Dales
We had a wonderful week at Throstle Nest Barn. It's warm and cosy and very well equipped. And spotlessly clean too. The cottage is in a stunning spot, looking down Swaledale, which we thought was the prettiest of the Dales. There's lots to see in Wensleydale, which is just a short drive over the hill. We'd recommend trips to the Wensleydale Creamery, Aysgarth Falls and the Tan Hill Inn, plus the Forbidden Corner for the children, and we had a very good dinner at the Punch Bowl Inn.
Beautiful tranquil escape from it all.
Cottage is gorgeous, quirky and in a beautiful setting. Very clean with a massive walled garden which was great for our dog. We will get definatley be returning. Thanks for an amazing break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
COMFORTABLE CLEAN COTTAGE IN SWALEDALE
Would recommend this barn conversion for a quiet break, it is well equipped and very clean, set among the lovely scenery of the Yorkshire Dales, the adjoining field is ideal for children and pets.
Wonderful, warm,clean and cosy. Large secure field for the dogs, we had no worries.
It was lovely to stay in a property where everything worked as it should. The multi fuel stove was wonderful as the weather turned very cold. We had everything we needed for a lovely holiday and would definitely go back again.
Special interest holidays:
Ideal for walking holidays.
Durham Tees Valley Airport, approx 40 miles. Darlington train station, East Coast line, 30 miles, 45 mins. Use of car is essential.
5 miles to Reeth, large village with local shops, garage, post office, Friday market, tearooms, pubs etc. 1 mile to Low Row, Punch Bowl Inn, gastropub. 1 1/2 miles to Gunnerside, King's Head pub, dog-friendly, and Ghyllfoot Tearoom and bistro (Wed and Sat evenings). Mobile fish and chip van calls at Low Row and Gunnerside on Fri evenings, approx 6.30/7pm. 4 miles to Muker, craft shops, Swaledale Woollens, Muker Village shop and tearoom, Farmer's Arms pub, dog-friendly. Richmond, 16 miles.
Booking Notes: A deposit of £90 is payable on booking, with the balance due 8 weeks before the holiday. If booking within 8 weeks, full amount payable. Short breaks are payable in full on booking. Contact Judith to book, 01748 886366. Changeover Day: Week bookings are Sat to Sat, although we try, if possible, to be flexible. Easier at off-peak times. Departure time is 10am, arrival time is 3pm (4pm in peak weeks). Notes on prices: We accept short breaks, 70% of week price. Contact Judith Dower, 01748 886366, for short break prices or for details of prices for breaks of different lengths. We accept 2 nt bookings, £15 less than 3 nts price.