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Clifford House Farm, and the quiet courtyard it sits in

Cottage | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 11

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome

Our lovely 17th century farmhouse can fit 11 people comfortably, perfect for two families or a group of friends who want to holiday together. The large kitchen, with its long refectory table and AGA in the alcove, is ideal for those big holiday breakfasts and dinners. We have two living rooms, one with a 42" LCD SMART TV with FreeSat, video and DVD (perhaps the TV and games room for the youngsters?); the other lounge is with a CD player (WiFi available generally, but due to the rural nature of the property location, it is not 100% guaranteed as available at the moment). One lounge has a woodburner stove and the other has an open fire. The house is in the heart of the village, easy walking distance from our village pub, the renown Buck Inn.

The house itself is set in a quiet courtyard, with stunning views up to Buckden Pike, the hill that rises sharply behind the village. There's an open patio with a built-in barbecue, ready for that perfect summer's evening.

Clifford House Farm is owned by a group of friends who have all fallen in love with the beauty of the valleys, lanes, villages and hills of this breathtaking part of England. We all holiday in the house ourselves, several times a year, relishing that first pint of Old Peculier and stiff walk up the path to Cray as we make the long journey up the M1! We certainly hope that you will also leave at the end of your holiday with the same fondness that we all have for the village and the dale.

Size Sleeps up to 11, 5 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Leeds/Bradford International 60 km, Nearest railway: Skipton 20 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (7), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 11, Lounge seats for 11
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

There are two double bedrooms, two twin bedrooms and a tripple room. There is also a cot. The bathroom has a bath and a shower unit, and one of the double bedrooms has a second shower unit.

The kitchen is well equipped, and you should find everything you need for a self-catering break. You will receive a wearm welcome from our AGA, which is easy to cook with but we do also have a modern electric cooker, which is a bit more practical for instant cooking temperature! Although we don't have a high chair, we do have two booster seats to place on the dining chairs which are a pretty good substitute.

One bedroom (a twin) is on the ground floor. There is also a toilet on the ground floor, just off the entrance hall.

The property has oil fired central heating (as well as an open fire and a wood burning stove in the living rooms!).

You can dry your wet walking boots and gear in the boiler room just at the side of the house. Logs and coal are available (for details, please refer to our guest manual when you arrive).

Further details outdoors

We have parking spaces for three cars, although you should also find one or two further spaces just down the lane leading up to the house. The house is set in a quiet courtyard, the original farmyard, and we have a open patio area at the back, with lovely views of Buckden Pike, which has a built-in barbecue for your use.

Further details

We operate a strictly no smoking policy. We would appreciate your understanding on this point.

Food supplies - The Buckden Village Shop is useful for essentials and there is a General Stores in Kettlewell. Grassington has a SPAR Supermarket. After that it is the big stores - One thing we've found very useful is that Tescos will deliver to our door! You can do your shop on-line and they deliver from the Skipton branch, marvellous really. It's been such a help.

Northern England region

The Yorkshire Dales is perfect walking country, although there is plenty to see and do which does not involve walking. There are market towns, castles, ruined abbeys, cheesemaking, model farms, steam railways, picturesque villages, pubs, upmarket restaurants and so much more all within a short driving distance. And if you're looking for that perfect winter setting, Buckden is high enough that we usually have snow during the winter.


mediaeval castles (Skipton, Richmond, Middleham, Castle Bolton)

ruined abbies (Bolton Abbey, Fountains Abbey, Jervaulx Abbey)

cathedrals (Ripon, York)

literary (Brontes' Haworth Pasonage)

stately homes (Harewood, Newby Hall)


Grassington, Hawes, Masham, Skipton, Settle, Harrogate


Three Peaks (Ingleborough, Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside)

Dales Way

Malham Cove and Gordale Scar

Aysgarth Falls

Kilnsey Crag

Stump Cross Caverns

Hardraw Force waterfall


Settle-Carlisle railway

Ribblehead Viaduct

Worth Valley Railway

Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Theakston Brewery at Masham

National Railway Museum, York


Skipton, Grassington, Pateley Bridge, Aysgarth, Hawes, Richmond, York

Buckden, Yorkshire

The village of Kettlewell is only a ten minute drive down the valley (Kettlewell is where they filmed "Calendar Girls") and Grassington, the lovely old market village, is a further 15 minutes along the road. Skipton, "Gateway to the Dales", is the large market town closest to us, where you can do your normal food and general shopping (that said, there is a handy village stores in Buckden itself, where you can get your basics: paper, milk and postcards). Fountains Abbey, Jervaulx Abbey, Bolton Abbey, Ripon Cathedral, Harrogate, Embsay-Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, Malham Cove, Ribblehead Viaduct, Skipton Castle and Wensleydale Creamery are all close by.

Buckden itself is a village at the top of Wharfedale, where the road splits in two. Both branches run over to Wensleydale, one branch up over the very top via Hubberholme and Yockenthwiate. The other via Cray and Bishopdale, and past West Burton. Buckden sits on the River Wharfe and the Dales Way passes by. The village pub, the Buck Inn, is a large, Georgian coaching inn. There are two hamlets a mile or two further up the dale, Hubberholme with its ancient parish church (J B Priestley's favourite church, his ashes are held there) and Cray. In Hubberholme you can visit the George, a pretty whitewashed pub opposite the church and next to the river. And at Cray you have the marvelously friendly White Lion. Both pubs serve good pub food in front of open fires, fabulous settings for a lunchtime pint or an evening meal.

Back down the valley you have the village of Starbotton (the Fox & Hounds pub is lovely) and then Kettlewell with its large village stores, tourist shops, three pubs (try the Bluebell) and gorgeous church. And Grassington is only a few miles further back down the road, where you can pretty much get all your shopping done (there's a small supermarket, butcher, baker, that sort of thing).

The kids will love climbing up Buckden Beck behind the village and up to the waterfall. They can also splash about at Yokenthwaite where the river flows gently over the flat "limestone pavement", forming pools and little cataracts.

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1 Apr 2013


"Ticked all our boxes!"

80th Birthday celebration and we couldn't have chosen a more ideal property for 11 of us. Ages from 2 - 80 meant that there was enough space for all of us and the two lounges allowed some privacy… More

8 Oct 2012


"great place"

gorgeous spacious but cosy cottage. wonderful kitchen with aga and a huge dining table, ideal for evening gatherings. fully equipped with all you could want or need. both sitting rooms with open fites… More

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