About the property
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- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
Welcome to Intake Cottage and Swallows Byre in Swaledale.
Intake Cottage is beautifully situated between the villages of Low Row and Gunnerside in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. A classic example of an 18th Century Dales country cottage and part of an original farmhouse. It was originally used by the current owners as a World War II retreat. Since then the Kent’s have been refurbishing and maintaining, holidaying and letting Intake Cottage for over 35 years.
Intake Cottage is south facing and has a lovely country garden that enjoys panoramic views of the Yorkshire Dale and the river Swale (old English for ‘the wild one’) running a stone throws away. Swaledale is renowned for its wild flower meadows, sheep, dry stone walls, hay and cattle barns, lead-mining ruins and its fast flowing river.
Intake Cottage is an ideal location for walking, cycling, sightseeing, trout fishing, painting or just relaxing.
Located 1 mile west of Low Row en route of the 2014 first stage of the Tour de France
Off road parking for 1 car
Terrace, garden, summerhouse, barbeque
2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin; Linen provided
Living/dining: open fire (coal provided), TV, blue ray DVD,
Kitchen: cooker, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave
Bathroom: electric shower over bath, shaving point, heated towel rail, wall heater; Towels provided ,
Self-contained Annex available, “Swallows Byre”
Free WiFi available
Sorry No Pets & No Smoking.
Children must be over 5 years of age.
Living Room/Dining Room
Intake Cottage is an archetypal country cottage oozing character from the beamed ceiling, flag stone floors and 18th Century cast iron fire place. It’s appropriately furnished throughout with a mixture of antiques and quality soft furnishings providing a home from home feeling, perfect for relaxing in front of the fire.
The renovated shaker style kitchen is a country cooks treat with traditional Belfast sink and original stone pantry shelves.
The Master bedroom has wonderful views across the Dale and contains a double bed, wardrobe and dressing table.
The second bedroom also has glorious south facing views and is approached through the Master bedroom and has a 3ft single bed with pull out underneath, wardrobe and chest of drawers.
All bedding is provided along with towels and tea towels. Electric blankets are available for winter months. The cottage has full electricity and provides coal for the open fire.
Small, well equipped and just off the Master bedroom.
At the front of the cottage is a raised south-facing garden overlooking a wild flower meadow down to the river Swale. A patio terrace with garden furniture and barbeque is ideal for alfresco dining should the weather permit. If not, there is our so called ‘Hobby’ (summerhouse) in which to sit, ideal for watching all the wildlife or reading away from any blustery weather.
Situated over the garden wall to the west of Intake Cottage, Swallows Byre retains the same beautiful south facing views. This conversion incorporates the best of old and new design using the compact space with maximum natural light encompassing quality tasteful furnishings and having central heating.
Living Room/Dining Room - 1st Floor
Double aspect South and West facing, leading out onto a roof terrace - making the most of the fantastic views.
Wood burning stove
Quality soft furnishings
TV ,blue ray DVD,
Ground Floor, Bedroom
Double aspect S/W
Antique double bed
Dressing table, Wardrobe and Chest of drawers
Roll top bath with hand held shower head.
Heated towel rail
Stone floor heated
Small fridge freezer
Stone floor heated
Garden and Summer House
- Response time:
- within a few days
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 14, 2018
About Dorothy Kent
I grew up on County Durham , loved sport and art, became a hairdresser and beauty therapist and ran my own salon for many years. Married another Co. Durham boy in 1973. Have 2 children and we all loved spending our summers at Intake Cottage. We still all get together in the summer time as well as doing the yearly maintenance of the cottages and garden. I do all the change overs and cleaning with some help from my husband and have more help in the summer from my son.
Dorothy Kent purchased this Cottage in 1939
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Lovely little cottage
The cottage has loads of character. Kitchen is well equipped. The only negative (with the whole property) was a lack of washing machine - especially after a days hiking in possibly muddy conditions. We felt the freezer could have been replaced with a washing machine and perhaps have a smaller fridge including a small freezer? That said, the kitchen was stocked with most basics and implements and enabled cooking or simple microwaving each evening. The living area was perfect - a great fire which includes coal and most kindling needed. TV and dvd/blu ray player and freesat, plus free wifi means you can keep in touch with the world if needed. Wifi worked perfectly and a landline is available as no mobile reception in cottage. The electric meter was in the corner and we spent about £20 over the week but that included charging phones, I pads and other electronic devices together with using the oven and electric heaters regularly. Only got caught out once with no juice in the meter! The bedroom is roomy and provides amazing views in the morning. The second bedroom is off the main one and you have to go through the main bedroom to get to the bathroom. The bathroom is small but is sufficient. Electric shower is fine and bath is available.
All in all we would recommend this cottage. Only one minor quibble tegards lack of eashing machine but otherwise a perfect Base for exploring the dales. We'd definitely visit again!
Cosy Retreat in the Dales
Arriving to a beautiful hearth on a cold half term. It was a great place to get away from it all and enjoy the dales.
Excellent cottage in a lovely location
The cottage was very comfortable and cosy with the open fire
Had all the facilities you'd need and was clean and tidy
The area is great for walking and there's a few pubs not too far away
We were made to feel very welcome by the owners
Really enjoyed our stay
Cozy Intake Cottage in Swaledale
Absolutely fantastic week in Swaledale at the cozy intake cottage at low row. Hardly left the cottage as the views are spectacular . Loved sitting in the garden and summerhouse. Enjoyed cooking and baking in the kitchen. Had a roaring fire in the evenings bliss. Snug in the pretty bedroom with the electric blanket warming the bed. Booked again for october staying in the ajacent swallows byre . Cant wait! Mrs Kent is very welcoming and you have everything you need in this spotlessly clean cottage.
Thank you Lisa for your kind comments. Look forward to see you both again soon. Dorothy.
A sparkling gem in a flowering bed of tranquility!
This was not my first and will not be my last visit. Swallows Byre is a beautiful little oasis of tranquility surrounded by stunning scenery and a gorgeous country kitchen style garden. 'She' is peaceful inside and out. I work as a paramedic and whether I need time out from the rat race or a place to study (the summer house is perfect for this!), there is nowhere I would rather be. The only noisy neighbour you may encounter is the cheeky cock-pheasant who greets you every evening with a peck on the upstairs patio window! Swallows Byre is cosy, comfortable, tastefully decorated and contains all you could need for a quiet, romantic break away. She is so lovely that it is difficult to tear yourself away to explore the surrounding countryside.
Intake Cottage is a wonderful base from which to explore Swaledale, and the perfect retreat in wet weather - cosy and supplied with everything you might need. It looks out over a field - full of lambs when I was there in May - and then the river Swale beyond. There are lovely walks directly from the cottage. The owners, Dorothy and Nigel, were extremely welcoming. I very much appreciated their tip about the fish-and-chip van that passes the cottage at about 7.15 on a Friday evening - truly delicious fish and chips!