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Detached barn conversion with own field and gorgeous views

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome


About the property

Luxury cottage near Crackpot, Swaledale - Rural position, views over Swaledale

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. NOTE, please send Enquiry, rather than Request to Book.

Mrs Rosie Nicholls
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2017

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 North Yorkshire

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....

Guestbook comments from the owner

Nov 14..."A lovely location. We have had a wonderful stay. Can't wait to come again!" David and Emma George, and Brandy the dog, Hampshire.

Oct 14..."Have loved our week here in Swaledale and especially the Barn. Idyllic!" Carl and Rebecca Shute, Buckingham.

Oct 14..."Lovely cottage. We have really enjoyed our stay and would love to come back again. Many thanks." David and Carolyn Tabrett, Holt.

Oct 14..."Felt very comfortable in the cottage and loved the outstanding views from the top of the garden. We were lucky with the weather, so able to make the most of the area!" Cathy, Andy and Fiona Gill, Ayrshire, plus Trixie the dog.

Oct 14..."Lovely cottage, great views, weather a bit up and down (but it is October!). Had a very relaxing time with lovely walks." Kevin, Rosemary, and Barney, Aylesbury.
Apr 2015
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Richmondshire District Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • Ensuite shower room to master bedroom (large shower enclosure), with basin and WC. Downstairs family bathroom with shower attachment on bath, basin and WC. Shower room and bathroom both have underfloor heating.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4, in king dble and twin bedrooms. Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with lovely pine furniture, kingsize sleigh bed with charming bedlinen, upstairs, off living room. Downstairs twin bedroom, off dining kitchen.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Notes on accommodation: Well-behaved dogs welcome at no extra charge, strictly not in bedrooms or on furniture, please. Free wifi. Sorry, no smokers. Outside: Private enclosed field, ideal for dogs, bench at top of field to sit and admire terrific views over Swaledale. Picnic bench on patio. Parking for 2 cars. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Luxury bath sheets, hand towels, teatowels and bedlinen are included. Cottage is meticulously cleaned before each let.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Detached barn conversion with own field and gorgeous views
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Fantastic! Perfect location, beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

We wanted a relaxing break between Christmas and New Year and that is exactly what we got here. The cottage was very clean, well equipped and had everything we needed for a 3 night stay. We walked to Gunnerside to the Kings Head pub (about 30 mins walk) for lunch one day, and headed into Hawes (by car) to buy supplies from the local butcher and grocery store which were both delightful.

The scenery is breath taking and the walks around the area are fantastic. We would recommend the cottage to anyone, and will definitely be heading back again soon!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A place to escape, with amazing view

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage in a very peaceful, quiet location albeit quite remote part of the dales. The views are wonderful but best enjoyed when able to sit outside in the extensive garden. The cottage was well maintained, all mod cons, and cosy. We were glad we had a 4x4 as tracks and lanes interesting to navigate especially in the dark and the weather!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had such a good time and enjoyed the cottage and the views. For the benefit of those reading your lovely review, we ought to make clear that you don't actually need a 4x4 to get to the cottage, a normal car can manage the tarmac road fine, it's just a little narrow for those not used to country lanes.
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Great could not have asked for better

  • 5 of 5

This was are first visit to Throstle Nest , we was shocked,

this was the best holiday we have ever had, and as we are both in our 60s we have been to a few over the years,the accommodation was pristine you could not ask for anything better, and with all the nice little touches around made it even better, the garden or should I say field was great, our little dog loved it,

so if you are looking for somewhere very quite exceptionally clean great as dog friendly then book the Throstle Nest you will not be disappointed we could not fault it in anyway.

Mike and Heather

Milton Keynes

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that experienced cottage renters found Throstle Nest Barn so clean and well-appointed. Rosie and Andrew, owners, come regularly, and try to make sure something is improved or replaced on each visit, to keep the cottage right up to scratch.
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  • 5 of 5

Best place in the world. What more can we say. Can't wait for July when we visit again which will be our third stay in this idyllic cottage. Thank you so much for allowing us to share this beautiful home x

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We hope that all of Throstle Nest Barn guests can return in future!
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Super location

  • 5 of 5

For us, it was a perfect holiday location on a quiet back road and yet not far from the village. Fairly central in the Dales for touring. Views just fantastic. Walks from the door in all directions. Accommodation was very well equipped, clean and comfortable. Great to have the wood burner and fuel provided. Much appreciated. I particularly liked the barn door from the upstairs bedroom where you could step out and watch the dark night sky. Only negative was the downstairs twin which was good for children but adults would find a little small. Booking service was efficient. We would definitely recommend to anyone who loves the countryside.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very glad the cottage had all that was needed for a good holiday. Twin bedroom is a little small, but hopefully fine for a holiday!
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Lovely cosy, welcoming cottage

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully clean and well-appointed cottage that was perfect for our family of 4. It is very rural but only a few minutes' drive from several villages with nice food pubs, and from Reeth which has shops and an ice cream parlour. Sometimes self-catering cottages have only basic kitchen equipment, but that is not the case here - we had everything we needed to cook proper meals, and lots of thought had gone into making the cottage welcoming. The children were amazed to see the rabbits that scampered close to the cottage, and to watch the cows being led past the front windows on the way to milking. There are great walks and lots of places of interest to visit within 1/2 an hour's drive, and Swaledale is very pretty. We would definitely stay in this cottage again!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Richmondshire District Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
After Feb half term
Feb 25 2017 - Apr 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
Apr 7 2017 - Apr 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
After Easter
Apr 22 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 26 2017 - Jun 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
After SBH
Jun 3 2017 - Jul 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer peak
Jul 22 2017 - Sep 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Sep
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Sep/early Oct
Sep 16 2017 - Oct 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct half term
Oct 20 2017 - Oct 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
After Oct half term
Oct 28 2017 - Dec 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Festive period
Dec 21 2017 - Jan 5 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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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.


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