The Ghyll, Buckden
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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
'The Ghyll' is a collection of three cottages - named after local birds:Heron, Dipper and Swallow - sharing a sunny secluded garden, nestling below Buckden Pike. 'Dipper' Ghyll is available for short breaks; 'Heron' and 'Swallow' are let on a weekly basis, Saturday to Saturday.
With private parking adjacent to the open logia and level entrance to each cottage, they are ideal for any family that has a member with a mobility difficulty. Passing through a small interior porch (ideal for outdoor coats and boots), you enter a south-facing lounge / dining room off which are doors leading to a kitchen and a ground floor double bedroom. Access from the bedroom leads to a full en suite bathroom, with spa bath, level deck shower, toilet and hand basin.
Stairs lead from the dining area up to a second bedroom and bathroom. 'Heron Ghyll' has the added benefit of a third, double bedroom as an optional extra; use of which adds £50 per week to the basic tariff.
Our aim is to provide Guests with comfort and quality – a 'home from home' ambience, where they can immediately relax and soak up the idyllic views, peace and tranquility. However, one need never feel isolated as each cottage has a private telephone as well as free wi-fi connections.
In the heart of the National Park, nature rewards us in so many ways; with no village light pollution there are frequent opportunities for stunning sunsets and starlit night skies. The wooded hills provide cover for wild deer; buzzards, red kites and even golden eagles sweep the skies, whilst the River Wharfe is noted for its wild trout. Indeed, 'Swallow Ghyll' has proved an apt name for one cottage, since it has been 'home' to nesting swallows year after year.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Morecombe 80 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Leeds Bradford 65 km, Nearest railway: Skipton 30 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
We hold certain aids for those with mobility difficulties, such as shower/toilet wheelchair and bed hoist. Please contact us for a more comprehensive list if you have specific requirements.
Superior quality bed linen, towels and kitchen linen provided.
Orders for milk/eggs delivery - either just for your arrival or throughout your stay - can be arranged.
We do not take pets, however we do accept registered assistance dogs, e.g. for the blind or deaf.
The cottage is strictly 'non smoking'.
Northern England region
The Yorkshire Dales is a unique area of limestone hills and valleys, carved out by successive ice ages, culminating in lush hay meadows ideal for sheep farming. The monks who founded the great Cistercian Abbey at Fountains, near Ripon, aquired great wealth from their expanding sheep farms, many of which extended to Buckden in Upper Wharfedale and Malham in the Aire Valley. Dry stone walls, so strongly identified throughout the Dales National Park, date back centuries. The Norse traders passed along Wharfedale and the Normans built a Forest Chapel - still our local church - at Hubberholme. The castle town of Skipton, to the south, calls itself the 'Gateway to the Dales' whilst similar claims could be made for Settle to the west, Hawes and Reeth to the north and Leyburn and Ripon to the east.
The geography is text book material - just consider Malham Cove and Hardraw Force - just outside Hawes and the location of England's highest waterfall. The limestone is carved into cliffs above ground and fantastic cave systems below ground - several availabe for exploration by the general public, while others form severe challenges to the experts.
The history of England is closely linked to this region; Richard III had his castle at Middleham and there are many other castles, abbeys and stately homes in the area. The artist Turner painted widely in the Dales, Charles Kingsley penned his 'Water Babies' near Buckden, an extremely rare 'First Folio' copy of the plays of William Shakespeare is on display at Craven Museum, Skipton, and one of England's most famous dramatists - J B Priestley - chose to be buried not at Westminster Abbey but rather at Hubberholme - our local church for Buckden.
It's virtually impossible not to feel the grandeur of the Dales or to exhaust its haunts and its characters - the whole to be enjoyed with a sense of genuine welcome from the locals. And talking of 'locals' they know how to brew and serve excellent beers too!
Buckden, Upper Wharfedale, is right at the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, yet really easy to access. Travel 9 miles north from Skipton to Threshfield - where one could make a special right turn for Grassington, the 'capital' of the upper dale - and continue straight on for a further 9 miles, passing Kilnsey Crag and Kettlewell before arriving at Buckden. Uniquely, still travelling 'up dale', one has a choice of routes since the road divides and gives two routes into Wensleydale. Veer left and you pass through the hamlet of Hubberholme en route to Hawes, passing over Yorkshire's highest road. Bear right and an equally dramatic route passes along Bishopdale to Aysgarth in Wensleydale, famous for its Upper, Middle and Lower Falls.
Local Shows, such as that at Kilnsey, attract thousands of visitors. To watch the Kilnsey, Buckden or many other Fell Races is to marvel at the athletic powers of those involved. A less strenuous past-time might be to ride some of the restored steam railways or view expresses thunder over the historic Ribblehead Viaduct. Of course one should always experience the 'taste' of Yorkshire - and not just our Yorkshire Puddings or beers - after all, Wallace and Grommit knew something good when they discovered Wenleydale cheese, made at Hawes; the delicious home-made jams from Ryedale; the Jackson sausages of Cracoe, the Staniforth pork pies of Skipton, the Kilnsey smoked trout, the many tea rooms and restaurants, Lyne's Yorkshire curd tarts at West Winds, in the village ... it's a dangerous topic to continue with - but we can share our secrets with you when you get here!
There are so many places of interest, picnic spots and wonderful walks to enjoy. Photographers, painters, writers will all find a wealth of subject material - but those merely seeking to relax and de-stress will be equally 'at home'.
Buckden sits almost mid-way along the Dales Way, a long distance footpath running from Ilkley to Bowness on Lake Windermere. Riverside sections run north and south from the village, whilst hill walks abound and all can be explored and enjoyed from ones door step.
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28 Jun 2014
"Met our needs perfectly"
Buckden is a pleasant village in a lovely part of Upper Wharfedale. The house met our needs perfectly, as we were with very elderly and frail parents. In our experience very few holiday houses that ar… More
Thank you so much for your comments - they are always a valued source of feedback and encouragement. In particular, it was good to know from a first-hand viewpoint that the cottage 'worked' for your elderly parents - and therefore yourselves - and we hope this gives confidence to others. In the hope that we can encourage you back - and especially since the Tour de France passes through the village this Saturday - we should like to add a sincere 'au revoir'. David & Susan.
7 Sep 2013
"Does not get any better."
This is just a wonderful place to stay and can not be faulted. The cottage is disabled friendly which was a great plus for me. The views from rear are fantastic looking over a lawn up a valley. It has… More
We are so glad that the cottage 'worked for you'. Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to write this review; it is appreciated, not only for the kind comments, but also in the sincere hope that it might give confidence to others reading your opinion. We do hope that you will return once more to this lovely part of the Dales. Regards from us both, Susan and David.
20 Jul 2013
"Fantastic Stay in Clean Comfortable Cottage"
This was a beautiful cottage in a beautiful area. The proprietors David & Susan made us feel very welcome. The cottage was very clean and nicely appointed. Many windows & skylights allowed natural light to flood the rooms. The beds were exceptionally comfortable. Our kitchen served very well as we made many meals there. The free internet was especially appreciated by our teens. The stonework architecture of the cottage along with the grounds and flower beds were also beautiful.
Driving to the cottage involved a few tight turns, but we learned quickly.
Village lanes could be daunting to the uninitiated, but clearly you enjoyed the challenge! You have been very generous with your comments - and we shall most certainly pass them on to 'Our Ladies'. It is always encouraging to hear that the cottage lived up to expectations and we hope to tempt you back to this beautiful part of the Dales once more in the not too distant future.
David & Susan
5 Dec 2012
"Countryside comfort with ease of access in the heart of Wharfedale"
The warmest of welcomes awaited us when we arrived at Swallow Ghyll eventhough the storm clouds were gathering for one of the wettest weeks of the year. The weather was not to daunt us as the cottage… More
We are most grateful for your review and delighted to know that the cottage layout worked for your father. It is always very gratifying when guests take the time and trouble to share their experiences and we hope yours will give potential guests confidence to visit us. The time is appropriate for wishing you a very happy Christmas - and the hope that we might welcome you back in the New Year.
David & Susan Lusted
22 Oct 2012
"Very comfortable accomodation in glorious surroundings"
We enjoyed another wonderful stay at the Ghyll cottages which are an ideal venue for anyone wishing to explore the Dales either on foot or by car. We have been numerous times to the Ghyll cottage complex in all the seasons and all weathers yet the views from the cottages never fail to leave us speechless.
The Ghyll cottages have been specially designed to accommodate disabled or elderly guests yet the cottage's WiFi hub is ideal for guests of any age group.
The property is ideally situated in Buckden with a cafe, village pub and a shop all only a very short walk away. The property is large enough to accommodate families and groups.
And there's always a wealth of magic moments just waiting for you in the fields, rivers and woods surrounding the cottage. Its a country lover's delight. Whether its hearing Curlews or Oystercatchers flying over the village or spotting Dippers, Kingfishers or Sandpipers making their way along the river there is always something different to see, hear or smell. In summer there are the ravishing hues of the meadows at dusk. During winter it could be the icy spectacle of a red-berried hedgerow covered in a hoarfrost. On our last visit the owners of the cottages, Susan and David, even managed to arrange a rainbow over the cottage to greet us one morning!
We find the Ghyll cottages have a a warm and welcoming feel and they really are more like a home away from home for us. Can't wait to get back there again in fact.
What a wonderful review - even if we do say it, since it's about our cottage. The quality of 'poetry' made us think immediately that you should be involved in the writing of our next brochure! Seriously, we are extremely grateful for your review - and can only hope it will spread confidence to others.
David and Susan
8 Oct 2012
"Everything one could wish for and more!"
The fact that we have been returning to Dalegarth and Heron Ghyll for 23 years speaks for itself.
We love the walks, the countryside,the small towns and villages, the markets. Above all we love the excellent accommodation. The decoration is always flawless, the cottages are well equipped and spotlessly clean. The beds are extremely comfortable and guarantee a good night's sleep.
David and Susan Lusted are always there with a warm welcome and go to great lengths to ensure that visitors have a holiday to remember.
You've made us blush! Thank you so much for your generous comments - and the time taken in submitting them. It would be wonderful to wish for another "23 years" - but one of us would then be 96, and the wife is not saying!
David and Susan
29 Aug 2012
"Excellent cottage for the disabled"
A superbly appointed, comfortable cottage in a peaceful and beautiful setting. Many lovely walks from the village which is well-endowed with two excellent restaurants and a good pub!The facilities at … More
Thank you so much for sending a review; we heartily agree with your comments about the range and quality of local walks. We're glad that the cottage facilities worked for you and, hopefully, you will have the confidence and desire to return one day.
David and Susan
21 Aug 2012
"A real gem loved it."
Our family of 4 stayed at Swallow Ghyll. The cottage is on two floors, one bedroom being downstairs, ideal for someone with limited mobility, with an ensuite bathroom/wetroom kitted out for the disab… More
Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write and submit a review. We really do appreciate your comments - and support - and do hope we shall be able to welcome you back one day.
David and Susan
31 May 2011
"Hidden Gem in the Dales."
This was our third and not last visit to Dalegarth. We stayed in the Ghyll cottage which had the most beautiful views of the Dales. On our arrival there was a fresh pint of milk awaiting us and plenty… More
12 Oct 2009
"Excellent cottage in beatyful setting and great proprietor."
My wife and I had a perfect fortnight at Heron Ghyll. It was well equipped, meticulously clean and well adapted to our needs (I am disabled and the functionality of the bathroom turned out to be very … More
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